Prison facts and statistics - September 2010

This page shows statistical information on the:

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

Status

Total
  Remand Sentenced  
Male 1669 6520 8189
ACRP 369 46 415
Auckland 1 642 643
Christchurch Men's 181 283 464
Hawke's Bay 103 518 621
Invercargill 50 115 165
Manawatu 63 222 285
Mt Eden 207 217 424
New Plymouth 24 74 98
Northland 148 269 417
Otago 67 358 425
Rimutaka 148 872 1020
Rolleston 0 317 317
Spring Hill 0 830 830
Tongariro/Rangipo 0 460 460
Waikeria 266 710 976
Wanganui 42 468 510
Wellington 0 119 119
Female 111 447 558
Arohata 22 121 143
Auckland Women's 69 235 304
Christchurch Women's 20 91 111
Total 1780 6967 8747

Total prison population

A graph charting the total prison population.

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Percentage of prisoners in different age groups
(as at September 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 September 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 September 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 September 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.


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