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4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/12/2010   
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Males comprised 92% (27,472) of the total prisoner population at 30 June 2010, while females comprised 8% (2,228). The number of male prisoners increased by 1% (280) and female prisoners increased by 5% (103) from 30 June 2009. (Table 2.2)

The imprisonment rate for males at 30 June 2010 was 319 prisoners per 100,000 adult males, 13 times the rate for females (25 female prisoners per 100,000 adult females). (Table 2.3)

Between 2000 and 2010, the total number of prisoners increased 37%, from 21,714 to 29,700. Over the same period, the number of male prisoners increased 35% (from 20,324 to 27,472) and the number of female prisoners increased by 60% (from 1,390 to 2,228). (Table 2.2)

PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN PRISONER NUMBERS, 30 June 2000 to 30 June 2010, by sex
Graph: PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN PRISONER NUMBERS, 30 June 2000 to 30 June 2010, by sex

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