Prison facts and statistics - December 2011

This page shows statistical information on the:

Prisoner population by location and status
(as at 31 December 2011)
Prison

Status

Total
  Remand Sentenced  
Male 1666 6268 7934
Auckland 1 595 596
Christchurch Men's 178 566 744
Hawke's Bay 115 452 567
Invercargill 42 114 156
Manawatu 71 213 284
Mt Eden Corrections Facility 587 338 925
New Plymouth 28 75 103
Northland Corrections Facility 116 342 458
Otago Corrections Facility 66 298 364
Rimutaka 116 614 730
Rolleston 0 311 311
Spring Hill Corrections Facility 0 799 799
Tongariro/Rangipo 0 398 398
Waikeria 313 592 905
Whanganui 33 448 481
Wellington 0 113 113
Female 99 400 499
Arohata 13 86 99
Auckland Women's Corrections Facility 72 245 317
Christchurch Women's Corrections Facility 14 69 83
Total 1765 6668 8433

Total prison population

Total prison population.


Percentage of prisoners in different age groups

Percentage of prisoners in different age groups.


Percentage of sentenced prisoners according to most serious* offence type

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

Ethnicity of prisoners.


Security classification of sentenced prisoners

Security classification of sentenced prisoners.


Percentage of sentenced prisoners on indeterminate sentences*

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