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Australian corrections: main demographic characteristics of prison population

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 150

Carlos Carcach and Anna Grant
ISBN 0 642 24156 2 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, April 2000


The demographic structure of the Australian prison population has experienced some changes during the ten years between 1988 and 1998. The paper shows that while gender composition has remained stable, there have been increases in the median age across gender groups. Regarding country of birth, the results presented indicate that there are important differences in the structure of offences.