4512.0 - Corrective Services, Australia, June Quarter 2014 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/09/2014
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Rise in females in custody
There has been a 13 per cent (298 persons) increase in females in custody and an 18 per cent (142 persons) rise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females in custody since June 2013, according to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
"The overall number of persons in custody increased by 11 per cent (3,222 persons), nationally between the June quarter 2013 and the June quarter 2014," said William Milne, ABS Director of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners have also increased nationally by 10% (872 persons) between the June quarter 2013 and the June quarter 2014.
"While federal sentenced persons in custody decreased annually by 3 per cent in the June 2014 quarter, the number of federal sentenced females in custody increased by 18 per cent for the same period," Mr Milne said.
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