4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2002
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/02/2003
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Over half of Australia's prisoners are 20-35 year old males
More than half (56%) of Australia's 22,492 prisoners were males aged between 20 and 35 according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.
This age group was 14% of the total Australian adult population at 30 June 2002.
Approximately half of all prisoners serving a sentence had a most serious offence involving violence or the threat of violence.
Although 93% of Australia's prisoners were males, the number of female prisoners almost doubled in the last decade, (from 760 to 1,484) with the proportion of female prisoners increasing from 5% in 1992 to 7% in 2002.
One-fifth of the prisoner population was identified as Indigenous. In comparison, approximately 2% of the total adult Australian population identifies as being Indigenous.
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