4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2009   
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The sentencing option of periodic detention, where detainees are in custody for two consecutive days in a week and remain at liberty the rest of the week, is available only in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. There were 841 periodic detainees at 30 June 2009, an increase of 12% from 30 June 2008 (754 periodic detainees). Nearly one quarter (24% or 198) of periodic detainees were sentenced for traffic and vehicle regulatory offences, followed by acts intended to cause injury (22% or 188).

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