[LINK] NSW Crime stats indicate Falling imprisonment levels
tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Nov 1 12:02:32 AEDT 2012
We have previously discussed in Link the lowering rates of crime in
This is now evidencing the trend in the Prisons population numbers.
As well as reclassification, it would seem that our boys in blue are
doing a better job atdeterrent and the falling price of Asian made
electronics goods bring such low values on resale that they aren't worth
After steadily increasing for more than a decade, the NSW prison
population is now on its way back down according to a new report
released today by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.
The Bureau attributes the fall to lower crime rates, a reduction in the
likelihood of imprisonment and the imposition of shorter prison sentences.
After increasing by 65 per cent between January 1998 and July 2009, the
total NSW prison population began to fall. In the 29 months from July
2009 to December 2011, the NSW prison population decreased from 10,322
to 9,626, a fall of 6.7 percent.
The fall in receptions is mainly attributable to fewer prison receptions
for four offences: assault, traffic/motor vehicle regulatory offences,
theft, and break and enter. These four offence categories alone
accounted for 75 percent of the total decrease in sentenced prisoner
receptions from July 2009 to December 2011.
The fall in prison receptions is partly due to a decrease in the number
of convicted offenders and partly due to a fall in the percentage of
convicted offenders given a prison sentence.
The total number of convicted offenders in NSW fell by 13 per cent
between April 2009 to March 2011. The proportion of offenders convicted
of theft who were imprisoned fell by 15.2 percent between 2009 and 2012,
while the proportion convicted of assault fell by 11.7 percent.
Prison sentence length is also down for some offences. The mean sentence
length fell for assault (down 13.0%), break and enter (down 11.1%) and
traffic offences (down 7.2%).
Commenting on the findings, the Director of the Bureau, Dr Don
Weatherburn, said that sooner or later the fall in crimes like theft and
break and enter around Australia over the last 20 years was bound to
have an effect on the number of theft and burglary offenders entering
"It is not entirely clear at this stage why courts are less likely to
imprison some offenders or why they are imprisoning some for shorter
"It could be due to a reduction in the seriousness of some of the
offences or offenders coming before the courts or it could be in
recognition that most categories of crime are now under control."
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