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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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SENTENCED PRISONERS

The Australian Capital Territory recorded the largest proportional increase in sentenced prisoners between 30 June 2009 and 30 June 2010 (36% or 54 prisoners). Western Australia recorded the second highest proportional increase in sentenced prisoners (8% or 290 prisoners). Decreases in the number of sentenced prisoners were recorded in Tasmania (7%), Queensland and New South Wales (both 1%), and South Australia (0.4%). (Table 3.10)


Aggregate sentence length

Excluding prisoners with indeterminate, life with a minimum and periodic detention sentences, the median aggregate sentence length was highest in South Australia (5 years or 60 months), followed by Victoria (3.7 years or 44 months). The lowest median aggregate sentence length was in the Northern Territory (1.8 years or 22 months). (Table 3.9)


Expected time to serve

Expected time to serve takes into account the earliest date of release for sentenced prisoners. Excluding prisoners with indeterminate and periodic detention sentences, the median expected time to serve for sentenced prisoners at 30 June 2010 was highest in South Australia (3 years or 36 months), followed by Victoria (2.3 years or 27 months). The lowest median expected time to serve was in the Northern Territory (1.3 years or 15 months). (Table 3.9)

Sentenced prisoners, median sentence length(a), by state and territory
Graph: Sentenced prisoners, median sentence length(a), by state and territory






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