According to new data by the ABS Australia had 42,633 prisoners in custody and 77,529 persons who were serving community-based corrections (CBC) orders. Over 92 per cent were male and the vast majority had been sentenced and were in secure custody.

Since March 2020 COVID-19 has had an impact on criminal activity and the justice system. This has resulted in fewer prisoners in custody (42,633) and persons who were serving community-based corrections (CBC) orders (77,529).

Of the 42,633 prisoners, there were:

  • 13,118 in New South Wales, up 2% for the March quarter 2021
  • 9,713 in Queensland, up 4%
  • 7,174 in Victoria, up 1%
  • 6,682 in Western Australia, up 1%
  • 3,100 in South Australia, up 3%
  • 1,822 in the Northern Territory, up 6%
  • 622 in Tasmania, down 3% and
  • 403 in the Australia Capital Territory, down 5%.

There were 12,886 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander held by corrective services. The imprisonment rate was 2,373 persons per 100,000 adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. Some 27% (3,518) were in New South Wales, 26% (3,369) were in Queensland, and 21% (2,678) were in Western Australia. Of these 90% (11,652) were male and 64% (8,158) were sentenced.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander imprisonment rate per 100,000 adult Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population was:

  • 3,820 for Western Australia, down 1% for the quarter
  • 2,892 for the Northern Territory, up 5%
  • 2,643 for South Australia, up 4%
  • 2,285 for Queensland, up 3%
  • 1,983 for New South Wales, up 2%
  • 1,894 for Victoria, down 1%
  • 1,805 for the Australia Capital Territory, up 2% and
  • 713 for Tasmania, down 5%.