How many inmates in the Australian prison system are there?
More than a quarter of Australia’s population is now behind bars, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Bureau’s latest Prisoners’ Bureau of Australia (PBSA) figures show there are now 576,814 inmates in Australia’s prison system, compared with 553,737 at the end of March.
The figures are based on the total population of people who were previously in custody and have been released.
The figure was calculated by dividing the number of people in custody by the total number of inmates.
The numbers for prisoners in Australia are also up by a significant amount.
In 2016-17, the number was 4.5 million people, but the Bureau’s figures show the figure has increased to 4.9 million.
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