The median age of Australian adult prisoners was 34.3 years of age. The median age of male and female prisoners was similar (34.2 years and 34.3 years respectively). The median age of prisoners has increased from 32.0 years in 2005. (Tables 1 & 14)
Prisoners with an offence/charge of sexual assault had the highest median age (44.6 years), followed by fraud and deception (40.7 years). Prisoners with a offence/charge of robbery and extortion had the lowest median age (29.0 years). (Table 1)
Persons aged 25 to 29 years had the highest imprisonment rate (370 prisoners per 100,000 persons aged 25 to 29), followed by persons aged 30 to 34 years (366 prisoners per 100,000 persons aged 30 to 34 years). (Table 3)
Prisoners aged under 25 years accounted for 17% of the total Australian adult prisoner population (6,113 prisoners). The most common offence for prisoners aged under 25 years was acts intended to cause injury (26% or 1,600 prisoners) followed by robbery and extortion (17% or 1,019 prisoners). (Tables 3 & 5)
Persons aged 65 years and over had the lowest imprisonment rate (24 prisoners per 100,000 persons aged 65 years and over), accounting for 2% (842 prisoners) of the total Australian prisoner population. Over half of all prisoners aged 65 years and over (56% or 475 prisoners) had a most serious offence/charge of sexual assault. (Tables 3 & 5)
Footnote(s): (a) For a definition of most serious offence or charge see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 85-87. (b) Offences against justice procedures, government security and operations (c) Includes divisions 04-05, 08-09, 11-14 and 16 of the ANZSOC and prisoners whose offence is unknown.
Source(s): Prisoners in Australia
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