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Imprisonment in Australia: trends in prison populations & imprisonment rates 1982-1998

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 130

Carlos Carcach and Anna Grant
ISBN 0 642 24130 9 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, September 1999


This paper examines trends in prison populations and imprisonment rates in Australia and its jurisdictions, during the 17 years from 1982 to 1998. The analysis aims to identify major trends in imprisonment during the period, as well as the factors underlying these trends. It points to significant differences between the States and demonstrates the value of long data sets to map changes and trends to better inform public policy.


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