4512.0 - Corrective Services, Australia, September quarter 2016 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/12/2016   
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1 December 2016
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)
Community-based corrections continue to rise

The number of persons serving community-based corrections orders has increased for the sixth consecutive quarter, according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.

William Milne, Director of the ABS National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics, said these orders typically involve compliance with conditions such as community work, supervision or program attendance.

"There were 66,793 persons in community-based corrections during the September quarter 2016, representing an increase of 11 per cent (6,801 persons) from the September quarter 2015," said Mr Milne.

Sentenced probation, which increased 12 per cent from the September quarter 2015, remained the most common community-based corrections order type, accounting for 56 per cent or 40,184 persons in community-based corrections. The second most common order type was parole (14,707 persons), which increased 13 per cent from the September quarter 2015.

"Persons in custody reached 39,005 in the September quarter 2016, representing a marginal increase of less than one per cent from the June quarter 2016, while the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in custody decreased marginally," said Mr Milne.

Sep Qtr 16
Jun Qtr 16 to Sep Qtr 16

% change

Sep Qtr 15 to Sep Qtr 16

% change

Persons in full-time custody
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in full-time custody
Persons in community-based corrections

The Corrective Services Australia quarterly publication contains national, and state and territory information on persons in adult custody and community-based corrections in Australia.

Further information can be found in Corrective Services, Australia, September Quarter 2016 (cat. no. 4512.0) available for free download from the ABS website: https://www.abs.gov.au.

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