4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2015  
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Tasmania

Snapshot

At 30 June 2015:

    • The number of adult prisoners in Tasmanian prisons was 519, an increase of 15% (68 prisoners) from 2014. (Table 14)

    • The adult imprisonment rate was 130 prisoners per 100,000 adult population, an increase from 112 prisoners per 100,000 adult population in 2014. (Table 18)

    • Just over three in five prisoners (61% or 316 prisoners) had previously been imprisoned under sentence. (Table 13)

    • The most common offence/charge was acts intended to cause injury (18% or 91 prisoners), followed by homicide (13% or 69 prisoners). (Table 15)

Sex

At 30 June 2015:

    • Males comprised 94% (486 prisoners) of the total prisoner population. (Table 13)

    • Since 30 June 2014, the male imprisonment rate increased from 211 to 247 prisoners per 100,000 male adult population, whilst the female imprisonment rate remained unchanged at 16 prisoners per 100,000 female adult population. (Table 14)

Age

At 30 June 2015:

    • The median age of adult prisoners was 33.7 years of age. (Table 13)

Country of Birth

At 30 June 2015:

    • Overseas born prisoners accounted for 2% (10 prisoners) of the Tasmanian adult prisoner population. (Table 21)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status

At 30 June 2015:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders comprised 15% (79 prisoners) of the adult prisoner population. (Table 13)

    • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander age standardised imprisonment rate was three times the non-Indigenous age standardised imprisonment rate (422 prisoners per 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult population compared to 139 prisoners per 100,000 adult non-Indigenous population). (Table 17)

Legal Status

At 30 June 2015:

    • Unsentenced prisoners comprised 28% (143 prisoners) of the adult prisoner population. (Table 13)

    • The median time spent on remand by unsentenced prisoners was 1.2 months, which was shortest of all states and territories. 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 1.7 years. (Table 25)