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Prison sentences in Australia: estimates of the characteristics of offenders sentenced to prison in 1987-88

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 20

John Walker
ISBN 0 642 14747 7 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, September 1989


Australia lacks comprehensive information on the numbers and characteristics of prisoners, and details on the sentences they serve. Walker shows how estimates can be obtained from careful analysis of existing data. He discusses major differences between the States; the most common offences of inmates; time served by murderers, women and juveniles; the effect of prior imprisonment on time served; and the minor offences for which Aborigines are sent to prison.