4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2008   
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20/1/2009 Note: Additional Data Cubes for Prisoners in Australia (cat. no. 4517.0.0) are being released on 20 January.



This publication presents national statistics on prisoners who were in custody on 30 June 2008. These statistics describe the characteristics of prisoners, their sentence length, the most serious offence/charge for which offenders are imprisoned, and provide a basis for measuring change over time.


Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals across tables due to rounding and randomisation.


Some additional data cubes will be released early January 2009.


More information about ABS activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. Details of other ABS publications relating to Crime and Justice statistics can be found in paragraphs 96-97 of the Explanatory Notes.


The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management and Advisory Group of the National Corrective Services Statistics Unit and the staff of the various agencies that provide the statistics that are presented in this publication.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Chay Ang on Melbourne (03) 9615 7681.