4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2015  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2015   
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Unsentenced prisoners

At 30 June 2015:

    • There were 9,898 unsentenced prisoners in Australian prisons, an increase of 21% (1,685 prisoners) from 30 June 2014. This is the largest increase in the last decade, with the second largest increase of 11% occurring from 30 June, 2013 to 30 June, 2014. (Table 2)

    • The proportion of unsentenced prisoners varied from 23% (1,434 prisoners) in Victoria to 36% (981 prisoners) in South Australia. (Table 13)

    • The most common charges for unsentenced prisoners were:

      – Acts intended to cause injury (31%)

      – Illicit drug offences (15%)

      – Unlawful entry with intent (11%). (Table 12)
Graph Image for UNSENTENCED PRISONERS, most serious charge(a), 30 June 2015

Footnote(s): (a) For a definition of most serious charge see Explanatory Notes paragraph 87. (b) Includes divisions 1, 4-5, 8-9 and 11-16 of the ANZSOC and prisoners whose offence was unknown.

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia

    • Median time on remand for unsentenced prisoners was 2.7 months, a decrease from 3.0 months at 30 June 2014. The median time spent on remand was longest in Queensland (3.5 months) and shortest in Tasmania (1.2 months). Time on remand as reported in the Prisoner Census is time on remand to date as at 30 June 2015, and not the total time spent 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 and historical data)