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Imprisonment in Australia: sentenced populations

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 174

Carlos Carcach and John Chisholm
ISBN 0 642 24191 0 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 2000


Australia's imprisonment rate per 100,000 population has risen from 89.8 in 1982 to 139.2 in 1998. This paper uses data from the National Prison Census to examine trends and characteristics associated with sentenced prison populations. Interest focuses on the proportion of sentenced prisoners in the total prison population and its evolution over time. The paper discusses the main characteristics of Australian sentenced prison populations in order to identify major changes over the period from 1982 to 1998.