skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 161940 Find in a Library
Title: Women in Prison
Author(s): A Edwards
Corporate Author: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7310-7172-7
Sale Source: New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Level 8, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000,
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This bulletin explores the sentencing of women to prison by the New South Wales courts (Australia) and the characteristics of women prisoners in New South Wales (NSW).
Abstract: Women composed 5 percent of the prisoner population in NSW on census day, June 30, 1994. They were most likely to be incarcerated for theft offenses. The majority (87.5 percent) of women sentenced in 1994 to prisons received sentences of less than 12 months. Most women (63.8 percent) who were in prison on June 30, 1994, were in the age bracket of 20-34 years. The percentage of Aboriginal imprisoned women was 18 times the percentage of aboriginal women in the general population of NSW. The percentage of imprisoned women who had been born in a country other than Australia (21.2 percent) was similar to the percentage of females in the population who had been born elsewhere (24.6 percent). More than half (55.6 percent) of the incarcerated women at the time of the 1994 census had been in prison previously. Most (96.6 percent) incarcerated women were housed in the two women-only prisons in NSW; the remaining inmates were held in mixed-sex prisons throughout the State. The majority (72.2 percent) of the female prison population were held in Mulawa Correctional Centre, a medium-security prison. The estimated cost of housing the 320 women prisoners in custody on Census day 1994 was $37,049 for one day. 2 tables, 7 figures, and 30 notes
Main Term(s): Sentencing statistics
Index Term(s): Female inmates; Foreign sentencing; Inmate characteristics; New South Wales
Note: From Crime and Justice Bulletin, Number 26. US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.