4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Aug 2015  
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IMPRISONMENT

This section on Imprisonment includes the Key and Related series for the following Indicator:

Imprisonment rates




IMPRISONMENT RATES



Key Series


IMPRISONMENT RATE (a)

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Rate
Rate
Rate
Rate
Rate
Rate
Rate
Rate
Rate
Rate

Age standardised rate (b)(c)
Males
313.5
315.8
327.4
326.0
336.4
334.1
325.9
322.5
331.4
358.3
Females
23.0
24.1
25.8
25.0
26.5
27.3
24.6
26.3
27.5
30.0

Crude rate (c)
Males
311.2
312.1
322.4
320.3
331.0
328.2
318.5
314.1
322.4
347.4
Females
22.1
23.0
24.5
23.7
25.2
25.9
23.2
24.7
25.9
28.1

(a) From 2006, in all States and Territories except Queensland, persons remanded or sentenced to adult custody are aged 18 years and over. In Queensland, 'adult' refers to persons aged 17 years and over. Prior to 2006, in Victoria persons aged 17 years and over were also referred to as 'adult'. For more information, see Explanatory Notes 12 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4517.0).
Rates are per 100,000 adult population. For more information see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 46-51 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4517.0).
(b) Rates are age standardised to the Estimated Resident Population (ERP) at 30 June 2001. For more information on rates, see Explanatory Notes 58–64 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4517.0).
(c) Rates for 2005 to 2013 have been revised due to changes in the rates calculation methods. For more information see Explanatory Notes paragraph 52 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4517.0).

Source: ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4517.0).




Related Series


SENTENCED PRISONERS

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Males (no.)
18,920
18,847
19,688
19,865
21,330
21,605
20,856
20,915
21,628
23,644
Females (no.)
1,301
1,361
1,441
1,410
1,594
1,729
1,524
1,595
1,708
1,869

Males (%)
93.6
93.3
93.2
93.4
93.0
92.6
93.2
92.9
92.7
92.7
Females (%)
6.4
6.7
6.8
6.6
7.0
7.4
6.8
7.1
7.3
7.3

Source: ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4517.0).


AGGREGATE SENTENCE LENGTH FOR SENTENCED PRISONERS (a)

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014

Months
Months
Months
Months
Months
Months
Months
Months
Months
Months

Median sentence length
Males
37.2
38.0
36.0
37.8
36.0
38.0
40.3
39.9
36.0
36.0
Females
22.0
24.0
24.0
24.0
24.0
25.9
27.0
24.2
24.0
24.0

Mean sentence length
Males
59.3
60.1
59.8
60.3
59.1
60.3
61.2
61.1
59.2
57.6
Females
42.1
43.2
42.2
42.4
42.8
43.3
47.0
45.2
44.2
43.2

(a) Prisoners with an indeterminate, life without a minimum or periodic detention sentences are excluded from the aggregate sentence length calculations. For further information on aggregate sentence length see Explanatory Note 18 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4517.0).


Source: ABS data available on request, National Prisoner Census.



For a historical commentary on this indicator, refer to the January 2013 release.


Definitions of the concepts presented above can be found in the Safety and Justice Glossary (under the Explanatory Notes tab). More detailed information can be found in the Safety and Justice Data Cube (under the Downloads tab).