Prison facts and statistics - June 2010

This page shows statistical information on the:

Prisoner population by location and status
(as at June 30 2010)
Prison

Status

Total
  Remand Sentenced  
Male 1775 6479 8254
ACRP 385 10 395
Auckland 0 627 627
Christchurch Men's 205 694 899
Hawke's Bay 87 532 619
Invercargill 59 88 147
Manawatu 79 201 280
Mt Eden 195 232 427
New Plymouth 24 73 97
Northland 126 272 398
Otago 77 304 381
Rimutaka 119 800 919
Rolleston 0 316 316
Spring Hill 0 634 634
Tongariro/Rangipo 0 452 452
Waikeria 296 687 983
Wanganui 56 439 495
Wellington 0 118 118
Police cells 67 67
Female 133 429 562
Arohata 22 113 135
Auckland Women's 81 201 282
Christchurch Women's 21 115 136
Police cells 9 9
Total 1908 6908 8816

Total prison population

A graph charting the total prison population.

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Percentage of prisoners in different age groups
(as at June 2010)

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 June 2010)

A graph showing the proportion of offenders 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 June 2010)

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


Security classification of sentenced prisoners

A graph showing the proportion of sentenced prisoners by security classification.

Percentage of sentenced prisoners on indeterminate sentences*
(as at June 2010)

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