4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2015  
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Australian Capital Territory

Snapshot

At 30 June 2015:

    • The number of adult prisoners in Australian Capital Territory prisons was 396, an increase of one prisoner from 2014. (Table 14)

    • The adult imprisonment rate was 131 prisoners per 100,000 adult population, an increase from 130 prisoners per 100,000 adult population in 2014. (Table 18)

    • Three-quarters of prisoners (75% or 296 prisoners) had previously been imprisoned under sentence. This was the largest proportion of any state or territory. (Table 13)

    • The most common offence/charge was acts intended to cause injury (27% or 105 prisoners), followed by offences against justice (13% or 50 prisoners) and sexual assault (12% or 48 prisoners). (Table 15)
Sex

At 30 June 2015:

    • Males comprised 96% (379 prisoners) of the total prisoner population. (Table 13)

    • Since 30 June 2014, the male imprisonment rate increased from 249 to 253 prisoners per 100,000 male adult population, and the female imprisonment rate decreased from 16 to 14 prisoners per 100,000 female adult population. (Table 14)

Age

At 30 June 2015:

    • The median age of adult prisoners was 33.0 years of age. (Table 13)

Country of Birth

At 30 June 2015:

    • Overseas born prisoners accounted for 15% (59 prisoners) of the Australian Capital Territory adult prisoner population. (Table 21)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status

At 30 June 2015:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders comprised 19% (76 prisoners) of the adult prisoner population. (Table 13)

    • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander age standardised imprisonment rate was 15 times the non-Indigenous age standardised imprisonment rate (1,474 prisoners per 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult population compared to 102 prisoners per 100,000 adult non-Indigenous population). (Table 17)

Legal Status

At 30 June 2015:

    • Unsentenced prisoners comprised 27% (107 prisoners) of the adult prisoner population. (Table 13)

    • The median time spent on remand by unsentenced prisoners was 3.0 months. Time on remand as reported in the Prisoner Census is time spent on remand as at 30 June 2015, and not the total time on remand. Time on remand is influenced by a number of factors, particularly the time it takes for a case to come before a court. (Table 31)

    • The median aggregate sentence length for sentenced prisoners was 3.0 years. (Table 25)