Prison facts and statistics - June 2011

This page shows statistical information on the:

Prisoner population by location and status
(as at 30 June 2011)
Prison

Status

Total
  Remand Sentenced  
Male 1682 6362 8044
Auckland 0 636 636
Christchurch Men's 183 630 813
Hawke's Bay 102 432 534
Invercargill 39 121 160
Manawatu 66 217 283
Mt Eden Corrections Facility 602 183 785
New Plymouth 32 73 105
Northland Corrections Facility 117 384 501
Otago Corrections Facility 67 293 360
Rimutaka 124 722 846
Rolleston 0 252 252
Spring Hill Corrections Facility 1 799 800
Tongariro/Rangipo 0 441 441
Waikeria 302 622 924
Whanganui 47 446 493
Wellington 0 111 111
Female 121 422 543
Arohata 27 117 144
Auckland Women's Corrections Facility 76 228 304
Christchurch Women's Corrections Facility 18 77 95
Total 1803 6784 8587

Total prison population

A graph showing the total prison population since June 2009.

View a larger version of the total prison population graph.


Percentage of prisoners in different age groups

A graph showing the percentage of prisoners in different age groups.


Percentage of sentenced prisoners according to most serious* offence type

A graph showing the percentage of sentenced prisoners according to most serious 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

A graph showing the percentages for ethnicity of prisoners.


Security classification of sentenced prisoners

A graph showing the percentages for security classification of sentenced prisoners.


Percentage of sentenced prisoners on indeterminate sentences*

A graph showing the percentage of sentenced 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.


International rates of imprisonment

Number of prisoners per 100,000 population

United States 748
South Africa 324
New Zealand 199
Scotland 153
England and Wales 152
Australia 134
Canada 117
Norway 71
Figures reflect the prison and national populations from mid 2009 or mid 2010.

 


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 $90,936 or $249.14 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