4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/03/2015   
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Over half (58% or 17,799) of prisoners in custody at 30 June 2013 had served a sentence in an adult prison prior to the current episode. (Table 1)

Of those prisoners sentenced in the last twelve months, 66% ( 11,540) had a prior episode of imprisonment. (Table 8).

The most serious offences/charges with the highest proportion of prisoners who were recorded as having had prior adult imprisonment were:
  • offences against justice procedures (85%)
  • unlawful entry with intent (78%)
  • traffic and vehicle regulatory offences (73%).

Approximately 67% of prisoners with a most serious offence/charge of either sexual assault or illicit drug offences, and 64% of prisoners with a most serious offence/charge of homicide had no prior adult imprisonment recorded. (Table 8)

Graph Image for PRIOR IMPRISONMENT, selected most serious offence or charge

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia