The proportion of prisoners who were unsentenced was the same for both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous prisoner populations (21%). This was a decrease from the proportions of Indigenous and non-Indigenous unsentenced prisoners at 30 June 2008 (23% and 22% respectively).
Time on remand
Time on remand is influenced by a number of factors, particularly the time it takes for a case to come before a court. For information about interpreting median time on remand based on a census 'snapshot' see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 71-73. The median number of months spent on remand by unsentenced Indigenous prisoners in custody at 30 June 2009 was 2.3 months, no change from 30 June 2008. For unsentenced non-Indigenous prisoners the median number of months spent on remand was 3.2 months, an increase from the 3 months at 30 June 2008.
median time on remand, selected most serious charge by Indigenous status(a)