Incarceration rates steadily increasing in Queensland

QUEENSLAND is recording an upsurge in the number of prisoners detained in the sunshine state.

An annual rate increase of 6.4% from the data of 2012 translates to a total of 6027 prisoners incarcerated.

The figure is the second highest nationally, behind New South Wales.

Incarceration rates in Queensland have been steadily increasing over the past two years, with the most significant increase occurring in the 2012-13 period.

Interestingly, from 2003 until 2011, the state imprisonment rate had experienced a consistent decline, according to figures released by the Queensland Treasury and Trade.

The sudden escalation in 2012 coincides with the introduction of the nations 'tough on crime' approach.

A record number of Queensland prisoners have been estimated to cost taxpayers an extra $96.72 million a year.

Queensland statistics for 2013:

  • 0.3 % increase in female prisoners
  • 6.4 % increase in imprisonment rates
  • Indigenous persons are 12.2 times more likely than non-indigenous persons to be in prison
  • 64.5 % of prisoners were recidivist offenders
  • 22.2 % of prisoners were unsentenced


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