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CorrectiveservicescostAustralia$3.4billionin2014,4.9percentmorethanyearbefore.
(Source:
ProductivityCommissionReportonGovernmentServices,
2015)

TheimprisonmentrateforAustralianmenis12timestherateforwomen.
(Source:ABSCorrective
Services,Australia,March2015)

However,therewasa60percentincreaseinAustraliasfemaleprisonpopulationinthedecadeto2010.
Theincreaseformaleprisonersduringthistimewas35percent.
(Source:ABSPrisonersinAustralia,
2010)

Imprisonmentcostsequateto$292perprisoner,perday.AnAustralianfulltimeworkerearnson
average$297foradayswork.
(Source:ProductivityCommissionReportonGovernmentServices
2015,ABSAverageWeeklyEarnings,2014)

ThenumberofprisonersinAustraliahasreachedarecordhighof35,467.
(Source:ABSCorrective
Services,Australia,March2015)

MentalillnessistwotothreetimesaslikelytooccurinAustralianprisonersthanpeopleinthe
community.Prisonersarealso10to15timesmorelikelytohaveapsychoticdisorder.
(Source:The
Conversation)

TodetainapersononNauruorManusislandcostsaround$450,000peryear.
(Source:ASRC)

AustraliacurrentlyspendsaroundAUD$1billionayearonoffshoreprocessingofasylumseekers.The
combined2015UNbudgetforrefugeeprogramsinSouthEastAsiaisUS$157million.
(Source:ABC
FactCheck)

Peopleleavingprisonare12timesmorelikelytodiewithintheirfirstfourweeksoutthantheir
nonimprisonedcounterparts.Inthefirstyear,theirriskofdeathissixtimesgreater,andthiswillremain
threetimesgreaterduringthe15yearsaftertheirrelease.Oneinfivedeathsduringthefirstyearare
duetodrugoverdose.
(Source:Fairfax/AIHW)

DeathsinimmigrationdetentionareexcludedfromtheAustralianGovernmentsdeathsincustody
records.
(Source:AIC)

GenderinJail
32,686male(92%)
2,780female(8%)
28%oftheseprisonersareAboriginalorTorresStraitIslander.

MedianAgeinJail
34.0male
34.5female

MostCommonMaleOffences

Actsintendedtocauseinjury21%
Sexualassault11.7%
Robbery/extortion9.5%

Unlawfulentrywithintent11.9%
Illicitdrugoffences11.5%
Offencesagainstjustice10%

MostCommonFemaleOffences
Actsintendedtocauseinjury19.8%
Sexualassault1.6%
Robbery/extortion7.1%
Unlawfulentrywithintent9.5%
Illicitdrugoffences17%
Offencesagainstjustice11.2%
Homicide9.3%
Theft7.8%
Fraud/deception7.8%

(Source:ABSPrisonersinAustralia,2014)

AsfoundintheVICEs
IncarcerationIssue
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