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Age and gender of prisoners

Age and gender of prisoners

Prisoners, from 1984 to 2007, by sex (per 100,000 of that sex)

Prisoners, from 1984 to 2007, by sex (per 100,000 of that sex)

  • Between 1984 and 2007, the overall imprisonment rate for adult males increased from 170 to 319 per 100,000 of the adult male population per year.
  • The adult female rate of imprisonment was seven per 100,000 per year in 1984 and 24 per 100,000 per year in 2007.
  • As in the previous six years, seven percent of prisoners in 2007 were women.
  • The number of adult male and female prisoners increased by an average of five percent and six percent respectively per annum over the period 1984–2007.
  • Fifty-seven percent of prisoners in 2007 were known to have served a sentence prior to their current prison term.
Prisoners in 2007, by age group and sex (per 100,000 of that age group and sex)

Prisoners in 2007, by age group and sex (per 100,000 of that age group and sex)

  • Ninety-three percent of prisoners in 2007 were male.
  • Fifty-seven percent of all prisoners were under 35 years of age.
  • Of both males and females, 25- to 34-year-olds again had the highest imprisonment rates in 2007 (642 and 54 respectively per 100,000 per year).

Further information

Charts/tables and fact sheets

See also: Juvenile detention statistics

Other publications and data sources