Prison rates down, but not enough

Hilda Tubex, David Indermaur

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Australia's prison population is decreasing. But it's a little too early to break out the champagne. The huge regional differences reveal that imprisonment is not based on the crime you commit, but the preferences of your local politicians.

The latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that 4% fewer people are locked up now than last year.

At first sight, this finally looks like some good news, as the general trend since the mid-eighties has been one of relentlessly rising imprisonment rates. But we need to take stock of the mad ride we have been on over this period in which the number of people behind bars increased exponentially from 86 per 100,000 adult population in 1984 to 165 in 2011.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Prison population Australia

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