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Corrections Statistics: quick reference

The statistics below are accurate as at 30 June 2018.

Number of prisoners in Victoria

There were 7,666 prisoners in the Victorian prison system on 30 June 2018. This represents an increase of 81.5 per cent on the 30 June 2008 figure of 4,223.

Victorian imprisonment rate

The Victorian imprisonment rate was 152 per 100,000 of adult population on 30 June 2018 (based on the above figure of 7,666).

Percentage of prisoners who return to prison after release from custody

Of the prisoners who were released in 2015–16, 43.7% had returned to prison under sentence within two years of release.

Source: Report on Government Services 2019 – Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Percentage of offenders who return to Community Corrections after completing their order 

Of the offenders who were discharged from Community Corrections orders in 2015–16, 13.9%  had returned with a new community correctional sanction within two years. 

Source: Report on Government Services 2019 – Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Number of offenders on Community Corrections orders in Victoria

There were 13,817 offenders on Community Corrections orders on 30 June 2018.

Victorian offender rate

The Victorian Community-based Corrections offender rate was 286.0 per 100,000 of adult population in the June quarter 2018.

What it costs to keep a prisoner in custody and an offender in the community

The Council of Australian Governments reports that real net operating expenditure per prisoner per day in Victoria in 2017–18 was $323.82 while net operating expenditure per Community Corrections offender per day in 2017–18 was $32.40.