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Corrections Statistics: quick reference

The statistics below are accurate as at 30 June 2016.

Number of prisoners in Victoria

There were 6,522 prisoners in the Victorian prison system on 30 June 2016. This represents an increase of 66.9 per cent on the 30 June 2006 figure of 3,908.

Victorian imprisonment rate

The Victorian imprisonment rate was 138.1 per 100,000 of adult population on 30 June 2016 (based on the above figure of 6,522).

Percentage of prisoners who return to prison after release from custody

Of the prisoners who were released in 2013–14, 42.8% had returned to prison under sentence within two years of release.

Source: Report on Government Services 2017 – 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 2013–14, 21.1%  had returned with a new community correctional sanction within two years. 

Source: Report on Government Services 2017 – Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Number of offenders on Community Corrections orders in Victoria

There were 14,209 offenders on Community Corrections orders on 30 June 2016.

Victorian offender rate

The Victorian Community-based Corrections offender rate was 299.5 per 100,000 of adult population in the June quarter 2016.

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 2015–16 was $289.83, while net operating expenditure per Community Corrections offender per day in 2015–16 was $25.60.