Prison facts and statistics - December 2009

This page shows statistical information on the:

Prisoner population by location and status
(as at December 2009)
Prison

Status

Total
  Remand Sentenced  
Male 1624 6127 7751
ACRP 328 13 341
Auckland 0 657 657
Christchurch Men's 173 674 847
Hawkes Bay 89 533 622
Invercargill 39 114 153
Manawatu 76 211 287
Mt Eden 249 153 402
New Plymouth 29 63 92
Northland 103 194 297
Otago 59 197 256
Rimutaka 114 775 889
Rolleston 0 312 312
Spring Hill 0 538 538
Tongariro/Rangipo 0 495 495
Waikeria 325 633 958
Wanganui 40 447 487
Wellington 0 118 118
Female 105 388 493
Arohata 20 105 125
Auckland Women's 71 194 265
Christchurch Women's 14 89 103
Total 1729 6515 8244

Total prison population

A graph charting the total prison population.

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Percentage of prisoners in different age groups
(as at December 2009)

A graph showing the percentage of the prison population in different age groups.


Percentage of sentenced prisoners according to most serious* offence type
(as at December 2009)

A graph showing the percentage of prisoners by offence type.

* Prisoners may be convicted of offences across multiple categories. This information is based on the most serious offence a prisoner is convicted of.


Ethnicity of prisoners
(as at December 2009)

A graph showing the proportion of different ethnicities that make up the prison population.


Percentage of sentenced prisoners on indeterminate sentences*
(as at December 2009)

A graph showing the proportion of prisoners on indeterminate sentences.

* Indeterminate sentences refer to preventive detention and life sentences that have no end date. Prisoners on these sentences are only released at the discretion of the Parole Board and are subject to recall to prison if released on parole.


Rate of imprisonment

Number of prisoners per 100,000 population

United States 756
Chile 305
Singapore 267
Poland 221
Malaysia 192
New Zealand 185
Czech Republic 182
Spain 160
England and Wales 153
Hungary 149
Australia 129
Canada 116
Denmark 63

 


Other facts and figures

  • Approximately 50 per cent of those released or paroled do not return to prison within four years
     
  • The average annual cost of housing a prisoner is $90,977 or $249.25 per day
     
  • Prisoners are fed at a cost of less than $5 a day per person
      
  • 67 per cent of sentenced prisoners are engaged in employment activity
     
  • 55 per cent of sentenced prisoners are engaged in rehabilitation activity
     
  • 23 per cent of the total prison population are gang members
     
  • Corrections provided 44,596 pre-sentence reports to the judiciary in the 2008/09 financial year

* Most of the figures under Other statistics come from the 2008/09 financial year or from a snapshot at 30 June 2009. Re-imprisonment figures are from a 2008 report Reconviction patterns of released prisoners: A 48-month follow up analysis