Appendix 2 - Data from state and territory governments on Indigenous prisoners/ detainees: Social Justice Report 2009

Social Justice Report 2009

Appendix 2: Data from state and territory governments on Indigenous prisoners/ detainees

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To determine where Indigenous prisoners and juvenile detainees come from I requested assistance from each state and territory. I requested data showing the breakdown of all Indigenous prisoners and juvenile detainees (sentenced and remand) by the postcode of place usual address.

Data is reported for the top 10 locations with the highest number of Indigenous prisoners/ juvenile detainees. The way data is reported varies across the jurisdictions. Some jurisdictions use a snap shot point in time analysis while others report for a specified period. When reporting on a specified time period it can is possible for an individual to be counted twice in the period if they have multiple receptions into custody.

The reporting areas also vary across jurisdictions. Some are given at the postcode level, others in Australian Bureau of Statistics subdivision, or Local Government Area.

1 New South Wales

The daily average number of Indigenous prisoners for May 2009 was 2,390, with 1,763.6 on remand, 544.5 sentenced and 82 serving period detention. This was the highest monthly average in the period from July 2007- May 2009.

Table 1: Top 10 Indigenous prisoner locations, NSW- Snap shot data from 30 June 2008
Rank
Location (ABS statistical subdivision)
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
Inner Sydney
56
142
198
2
Blacktown
41
104
145
3
Central Macquarie (area around Dubbo, western NSW)
35
104
139
4
Hastings (mid north coast)
30
98
128
5
Newcastle
19
96
115
6
Gosford-Wyong
10
63
73
7
Bathurst Orange
15
57
72
8
Fairfield-Liverpool
17
52
69
8
Wollongong
15
54
69
9
Northern Slopes (area around Tamworth including Gwydir, Inverell, Gunnedah, Quirindi)
7
61
68
10
North Central Plain ( area around Moree to Narrabri)
18
47
65


The total number of Indigenous young people in custody between 1 July and 30 June 2009 was 1,440, with 526 serving a control order and 1,351 on remand.

Table 2: Top 10 Indigenous juvenile detainee locations, NSW- Data from 1 July 2007- 30 June 2009
Rank
Location (postcode)
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
2770- including Mt Druitt, Bidwill, Hebersham, Tregar
77
16
93
2
2830- Dubbo
24
52
77
3
2440- Kempsey
23
42
65
4
2840- Bourke
25
37
62
5
2650- Wagga Wagga
10
33
43
6
2350-Armidale
17
25
42
7
2480- Lismore
12
28
40
8
2839- Brewarrina
15
21
36
9
2800-Orange
13
22
35
9
2767-including Doonside, Woodcroft
11
24
35
10
2795- Bathurst
11
22
33

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2 Queensland

Table 3: Top 10 Indigenous prisoner locations, QLD- Data from 1 July 2007- 30 June 2009
Rank
Location (Local Government Area)
Total
1
Cairns
429
2
Brisbane
427
3
Townsville
370
4
Mount Isa
209
5
Tablelands
166
6
Ipswich
149
6
Logan
149
7
Rockhampton
130
8
Palm Island
127
9
Moreton Bay
108
10
Aurukun
107

No data provided for juvenile detainees.

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3 South Australia

The total number of Indigenous prisoners between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2009 was 2033, with 1,346 on remand, 679 sentenced and 4 on fine default and 2 of unknown status.

Table 4: Top 10 Indigenous prisoner locations, SA- Data from 1 July 2007- 30 June 2009
Rank
Location (postcode)
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
5700- Port Augusta
124
84
208
2
5724- Marla, Mintabie
115
51
166
3
5690- Ceduna
74
77
151
4
5608- Whyalla
44
23
67
5
5113- Elizabeth
41
19
60
6
5723- Coober Pedy
30
22
52
7
5013- Woodville
36
15
51
8
5540-Port Pirie
37
10
47
8
5084- Blair Athol, Kilburn
36
11
47
9
5012-Athol Park, Mansfield Park, Woodville Gardens, Woodville North
27
14
41
10
5000- Adelaide
24
11
35

In 2007-2008 there were 207 Indigenous young people in juvenile detention.

Table 5: Top 10 Indigenous juvenile detainee locations, SA- Data from 1 July 2007- 30 June 2008
Rank
Location (postcode)
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
5700- Port Augusta
5
17
22
2
5690- Ceduna
2
9
11
3
5253- Murray Bridge
5
4
9
4
5012- Athol Park
2
6
8
4
5023- Findon, Seaton
4
4
8
4
5606- Port Lincoln

8
8
5
5108- Salisbury
4
3
7
5
5540- Port Pirie
1
6
7
6
5086- Manningham

5
5
6
5162- Morphetvale, Woodcroft
5

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4 Western Australia

As of 31 May 2009 there were 1,745 Indigenous prisoners, with 1,455 sentenced and 290 on remand.

Table 6: Top 10 Indigenous prisoner locations, WA- Data at 30 May 2009
Rank
Location (Local Government Area)
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
Broome
13
121
134
2
Halls Creek
16
80
96
3
Swan
19
75
94
4
Derby- West Kimberley
14
74
88
5
Stirling
13
70
83
6
East Pilbra
10
54
64
7
Kalgoorlie/Boulder
12
51
63
8
Gosnells
9
53
62
9
Wyndham- East Kimberley
14
47
61
10
Ngaanyatjarraku
8
50
58
Table 7: Top 10 Indigenous prisoner suburbs, WA- Data at 30 May 2009
Rank
Suburb
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
Broome
6
78
84
2
Carnarvon
8
46
54
3
Warburton
5
35
40
4
South Headland
7
28
35
5
Kalgoorlie
6
23
29
6
Meekatharra
9
18
27
7
Kununnurra
6
20
26
8
Boulder
4
21
25
9
Geraldon
2
20
22
10
Gosnells
4
17


As of 30 May 2009 there were 129 Indigenous young people in juvenile detention, with 65 sentenced and 64 on remand.

Table 8: Top Indigenous juvenile detainee suburbs, WA- Data at 30 May 2009
Rank
Suburb
Total
1
Broome
5
1
Carnarvon
5
1
South Headland
5
1
Bentley
5
2
Geraldon
4
2
Balga
4
2
Belmont
4
3
Kalgoorlie
3
3
Roeburn
3
3
Kununnurra
3
3
Armadale
3

 

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5 Northern Territory

The yearly daily average number of Indigenous prisoners for 2007-2008 was 875.


Table 9: Top 10 Indigenous prisoner locations, NT- Data from 2007- 2008
Rank
Location
Total
1
Alice Springs (Urban)
434
2
Darwin (Urban)
340
3
Tennant Creek
164
4
Alice Springs (Rural)
140
5
Katherine (Urban)
124
6
Katherine (Rural)
99
7
Yuendumu
93
8
Papunya
72
9
Nhulunbuy
60
10
Groote Eylandt
41


The yearly daily average number of Indigenous young people in juvenile detention for 2007-2008 was 25.

Table 10: Top 5 Indigenous juvenile detainee locations, NT- Data from 2007- 2008
Rank
Location
Total
1
Darwin (Urban)
31
2
Alice Springs (Urban)
15
3
Wadeye
12
4
Tennant Creek
10
5
Alice Springs (Rural)
8
5
Darwin (Rural)
8

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6 Victoria

The number of Indigenous prisoners at 30 June 2008 was 245, with 195 sentenced and 50 on remand.

Table 11: Top 10 Indigenous prisoner locations, VIC- Data at 30 June 2008
Rank
Location (postcode)
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
3500- Mildura
1
17
18
2
3028- Altona, Laverton
10
11
11
3
3850-Sale, Warruk
0
9
9
4
3214-Corio, Norlane
2
6
8
5
3029- Hoppers Crossing
2
5
7
5
3072- Preston
1
6
7
5
3212- Avalon, Lara, Port Wilson
0
7
7
5
3630- Shepparton
1
6
7
6
3585- Swan Hill
2
4
6


No data provided for juvenile detainees.

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7 Tasmania

The total number of Indigenous receptions into prison for 2008-2009 was 236, with 101 sentenced and 135 on remand.

Table 12: Top Indigenous prisoner locations, TAS- Data from 1 July 2007- 30 June 2009
Rank
Location (postcode)
Total
1
7250- Launceston
80
2
7030- Brighton
29
3
7248- Mayfield
23
4
7016- Risdon Vale
20
5
7010- Montrose
19
5
7011- Claremont
19
6
7320- Burnie
18
7
7310- Devonport
17
8
7019- Clarendon Vale
16

No data provided for juvenile detainees.

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8 Australian Capital Territory

The total number of Indigenous receptions into prison for 2008-2009 was 117, with 16 sentenced and 101 on remand.

Table 13: Top Indigenous prisoner locations, ACT- Data from 1 July 2007- 30 June 2009
Rank
Location (postcode)
Remand
Sentenced
Total
1
2612- Braddon, Campbell, Reid, Turner
2
11
13
1
2602-Lyneham, Dickson, Hackett, Watson
0
13
13
2
2615- Higgins, Charnwood
0
12
12
3
2603- Manuka, Red Hill
0
9
9
3
2611- Fisher, Mount Stromlo, Waramanga
8
1
9
4
2904- Fadden, Gowrie, Macarthur, Monash
0
8
8
5
2617- Belconnenn
0
7
7
5
2905- Gilmore, Chisholm, Richardson
1
6
7

 

No data provided for juvenile detainees.

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