4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2015  
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At 30 June 2015:

    • Nine in ten (90% or 8,859 prisoners) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners in Australian prisons were male. Similarly, for the non-Indigenous population prisoner population, just over nine in ten prisoners were male (93% or 24,365 prisoners). (Table 20)

    • The most common offence/charge for male and female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners was acts intended to cause injury (34% or 2,990 prisoners for males and 31% or 319 prisoners for females) followed by unlawful entry with intent (15% or 1,362 prisoners for males and 14% or 145 prisoners for females). For non-Indigenous prisoners, the most common offence/charge for male prisoners was acts intended to cause injury (17% or 4,109 prisoners) and illicit drug offences for females (26% or 475 prisoners). (Table 4)