Prison facts and statistics - September 2011

This page shows statistical information on the:

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

Status

Total
  Remand Sentenced  
Male 1646 6327 7973
Auckland 0 584 584
Christchurch Men's 214 589 803
Hawke's Bay 82 471 553
Invercargill 38 120 158
Manawatu 60 227 287
Mt Eden Corrections Facility 567 333 900
New Plymouth 30 71 101
Northland Corrections Facility 104 297 401
Otago Corrections Facility 62 296 358
Rimutaka 131 683 814
Rolleston 0 309 309
Spring Hill Corrections Facility 0 820 820
Tongariro/Rangipo 0 401 401
Waikeria 317 585 902
Whanganui 41 426 467
Wellington 0 115 115
Female 103 412 515
Arohata 12 105 117
Auckland Women's Corrections Facility 72 233 305
Christchurch Women's Corrections Facility 19 74 93
Total 1749 6739 8488

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