The statistics below are accurate as at 30 June 2019.

Number of prisoners in Victoria

There were 8,101 prisoners in the Victorian prison system on 30 June 2019. This represents an increase of 86.2 per cent on the 30 June 2009 figure of 4,350.

Victorian imprisonment rate

The Victorian imprisonment rate was 157.1 per 100,000 of adult population on 30 June 2019 (based on the above figure of 8,101).

Percentage of prisoners who return to prison after release from custody

Of the prisoners who were released in 2016-17, 43.3% had returned to prison under sentence within two years of release.

Source: Report on Government Services 2020 - 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 2016–17, 12.9%  had returned with a new community correctional sanction within two years. 

Source: Report on Government Services 2020 - Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Number of offenders on Community Corrections orders in Victoria

There were 12,813 offenders on Community Corrections orders on 30 June 2019.

Victorian offender rate

The Victorian Community-based Corrections offender rate was 255.4 per 100,000 of adult population in the June quarter 2019.

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 2018–19 was $317.90 while net operating expenditure per Community Corrections offender per day in 2018–19 was $40.28.