4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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PRISONERS IN AUSTRALIA, 2013 - WESTERN AUSTRALIA


TOTAL PRISONER NUMBERS

  • In 2013, the overall prison population decreased 1 per cent (40 prisoners) to 4,924 from 2012.
  • The (crude) imprisonment rate decreased from 267 per 100,000 to 256 per 100,000 in 2013.

SEX
  • In 2013, the male population decreased 1 per cent (43 persons) from 2012.
  • In 2013, the female population increased 1 per cent (3 persons) from 2012.

AGE
  • In 2013, the median age of prisoners in Western Australia was 33.3 years.

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS
  • In 2013, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners made up 40 per cent of the prison population.

MOST SERIOUS OFFENCE
  • In 2013, the five most common offences for Western Australia were:
    • Acts intended to cause injury (21 per cent; 1,019 persons)
    • Unlawful entry with intent (17 per cent; 856 persons)
    • Robbery, extortion and related offences (12 per cent; 569 persons)
    • Illicit drug offences (11 per cent; 521 persons)
    • Sexual assault and related offences (10 per cent: 502 persons).

AGE-STANDARDISED RATES
  • In 2013, the age-standardised imprisonment rate for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander adults was 3,315 per 100,000 of the relevant population.
  • In 2013, the age-standardised imprisonment rate for non-indigenous adults was 159 per 100,000 of the relevant population.
  • In 2013, the age-standardised imprisonment rate for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander adults was 21 times that of non-Indigenous adults.

TYPICAL SENTENCE LENGTH
  • The median aggregate sentence length for sentenced prisoners was 2.5 years.

PRISONERS ON REMAND
  • In 2013, unsentenced prisoners comprised 20 per cent of prisoners.
  • Median time spent on remand was 2.4 months.

PRIOR IMPRISONMENT
  • In 2013, 62 per cent of prisoners had known prior adult imprisonment.

COUNTRY OF BIRTH
  • In 2013, 85 per cent of prisoners were born in Australia, followed by 3 per cent born in the United Kingdom.

OTHER KEY POINTS
  • In 2013, Western Australia and Tasmania are the only jurisdictions to show an overall fall in the number of prisoners.
  • In 2013, Western Australia had the highest age-standardised imprisonment rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners at 3,314.5 prisoners per 100,000 adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
  • In 2013, Western Australia had the highest ratio of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander to non-Indigenous age-standardised imprisonment rates in Australia (21 times higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners).


For further information, please consult the Prisoners in Australia, 2013 (cat. no 4517.0) publication, or contact NIRS on 1300 135 070. When reporting ABS statistics, please attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) as the source.