4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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This publication presents national statistics on prisoners who were in adult corrective services custody on 30 June 2011. 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.


Offence data in this publication for the 2011 reference period are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC) (cat. no. 1234.0).The Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), was renamed ANZSOC in July 2011. ANZSOC contains the same offence details and classification as ASOC and therefore there are no impacts on the offence data in this publication.

For further details see Appendix 1 and Explanatory Notes paragraphs 39-44.


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


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>. A list of other ABS publications relating to Crime and Justice statistics can be found in paragraph 101 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.