4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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Snapshot at 30 June, 2016

  • The number of adult prisoners in Queensland prisons was 7,746, an increase of 6% (428 prisoners) from 2015. (Table 14)
  • The adult imprisonment rate was 206 prisoners per 100,000 adult population, an increase from 198 prisoners per 100,000 adult population in 2015. (Table 18)
  • Two-thirds (64% or 4,946 prisoners) of prisoners had previously been imprisoned under sentence. (Table 13)
  • The most common offence/charge was acts intended to cause injury (22% or 1,730 prisoners) followed by unlawful entry with intent (14% or 1,085 prisoners). (Table 15)

  • Males comprised 91% (7,065 prisoners) of the total prisoner population. (Table 13)
  • Since 30 June 2015, the male imprisonment rate increased from 362 to 382 prisoners per 100,000 male adult population, while the female imprisonment rate decreased from 38 to 36 prisoners per 100,000 female adult population. (Table 14)

  • The median age of adult prisoners was 33 years of age. (Table 13)
  • Nationally, Queensland had the largest proportion of adult prisoners aged under 25 years (20% or 1,568 prisoners). (Table 20)

Country of Birth
  • Overseas born prisoners accounted for 12% (951 prisoners) of the Queensland adult prisoner population, with the largest proportion from New Zealand (352 prisoners or 37% of overseas born prisoners) followed by the United Kingdom (86 prisoners or 9% of overseas born prisoners). (Table 21)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prisoners
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders comprised 32% (2,461 prisoners) of the adult prisoner population. (Table 13)
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander age standardised imprisonment rate was 11 times the non-Indigenous age standardised imprisonment rate (1,626 prisoners per 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult population compared to 156 prisoners per 100,000 adult non-Indigenous population). (Table 17)

Legal Status
  • Unsentenced prisoners comprised 29% (2,266 prisoners) of the adult prisoner population. (Table 13)
  • The median time spent on remand by unsentenced prisoners was 3.5 months, which was higher than the national average of 2.9 months. Time on remand as reported in the Prisoner Census is time spent on remand as at 30 June 2016, 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 2.8 years. (Table 25)