Number of Prisoners rose 6.93% to 36,134 persons in Australia in 2015

Number of Prisoners (persons)
Law & Crime | Australia | December 30, 2018
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Number of prisoners reached 36,134 persons in 2015 in Australia, according to the United Nations. This is 6.93 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, number of prisoners in Australia reached an all time high of 36,134 persons in 2015 and an all time low of 12,113 persons in 1987. When compared to Australia's main peers, number of prisoners in Indonesia amounted to 173,572 persons, 9,121 persons in New Zealand and 4,864 persons in Papua New Guinea in 2015.

Australia has been ranked 28th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 12 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

The prison population is defined as the total number of adult and juvenile prisoners (including pre-trial detainees), including offenders held in Prison Administration facilities, other facilities, institutions for juvenile offenders and for drug addicts and psychiatric or other hospitals.

Number of Prisoners Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Australia persons 29,317 29,700 29,106 29,381 30,775
Cambodia persons ... 14,043 ... 15,397 ... ...
Indonesia persons ... ... 117,863 ... 156,446 160,061
Malaysia persons ... 38,387 ... 36,608 39,144 ...
New Zealand persons 8,244 8,546 8,435 8,467 8,223
Papua New Guinea persons ... ... 4,268 ... 3,467 ...
Philippines persons ... ... 95,390 100,590 106,623 110,747
Singapore persons 13,428 13,604 13,164 12,975 13,334
Thailand persons 213,094 210,855 224,492 234,895 279,854
Vietnam persons ... 107,668 ... 113,018 130,180 ...