Is Australia becoming more punitive?

By David Biles
Updated April 23 2018 - 11:47am, first published May 30 2014 - 11:52am

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data show that in the December quarter 2013 the daily average number of full-time prisoners in Australia was 32,240 persons. This is an astonishing number, the highest ever recorded, and was an increase of 2378 persons, or 8 per cent, since December 2012. Increases occurred in every state and territory except Western Australia and Tasmania, which both reported very small decreases.

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