4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Prisoner characteristics, Australia >> Unsentenced Prisoners


Unsentenced prisoners (those on remand) include unconvicted prisoners awaiting a court hearing or trial, convicted prisoners awaiting sentencing and persons awaiting deportation where they are under the administration of adult corrective services. There were 6,870 unsentenced prisoners at 30 June 2012, an increase of 2% (147) from 30 June 2011 (6,723). Unsentenced prisoners accounted for 23% of the total prisoner population in Australian prisons at 30 June 2012 remaining steady in comparison to 30 June 2011. (Table 2.1 and 2.2)

Most serious charge

Of all unsentenced prisoners, 29% had a most serious charge of acts intended to cause injury, followed by illicit drug offences (13%) and unlawful entry with intent (11%). (Table 2.10)

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. The median time spent on remand by unsentenced prisoners in custody at 30 June 2012 was 2.7 months, a decrease from 2.8 months at 30 June 2011. The longest amount of time spent on remand was by prisoners charged with miscellaneous offences (median of 12 months), followed by homicide (median of 10 months), followed by illicit drug offences and sexual assault (both four months) (Table 2.10). For information about interpreting median time on remand based on a census 'snapshot' see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 76-78. Refer to Appendix 1 and the Glossary for offences included in the miscellaneous offences.

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