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NCJ Number: 187953 Find in a Library
Title: Female Prisoners: Using Imprisonment Statistics to Understand the Place of Women in the Criminal Justice System (From Women in Corrections: Staff and Clients, P 1-7, 2000, Australian Institute of Criminology -- See NCJ-187936)
Author(s): Stuart Ross; Kay Forster
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: HTML
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper provides statistics to show that both the extent and the severity of women's offending in Australia has increased between 1987 and 1999.
Abstract: In the last decade in Australia, and particularly in the last 5 years, there has been rapid growth in the number of women in prison. At the prisoner census on June 30, 1995, there were 835 women in the national inmate population of 17,428. In the 4 years to the June 30, 1999, census, the number of male prisoners increased by 21 percent. Over the same period, the number of female prisoners increased nearly three times as fast, from 835 in 1995 to 1,365 in 1999, a 63-percent increase. At the time of the 1987 prisoner census, males were significantly more likely to be imprisoned for assault, sexual assault, robbery, breaking and entering, and driving offenses. Females were more likely to be in prison for fraud, other property offenses, justice procedure offenses, and trafficking in drugs. Homicide was the only offense group where there were no obvious differences between male and female inmates. In the 1999 prisoner census, most of the sex differences in offending were still apparent; however, the proportion of women in prison for assault was almost the same as that of men.
Main Term(s): Foreign corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries; Female inmates; Female offenders; Inmate characteristics; Inmate statistics; Male female offender comparisons; Offender statistics
Note: Paper presented at the Women in Corrections: Staff and Clients Conference held in Adelaide, Australia, October 31-November 1, 2000. Downloaded March 21, 2001
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