Figures released by the ABS show that the ACT has the lowest rate of imprisonment in the nation in the March quarter.
The ACT (including ACT prisoners held in NSW prisons) and Victoria had the lowest imprisonment rates (70 and 103 prisoners per 100,000 adults respectively), well below the national average of 163 prisoners per 100,000 adults.. The ACT also recorded the largest proportional decrease over the same period of 12%. Imprisonment rates for ACT males were 133 per 100,000 adults and 7.4 per 100,000 for females.
In the March quarter 2007, all prisoners held in full-time custody in the ACT were in secure custody. However, the ACT (including ACT prisoners held in New South Wales prisons) and South Australia had the highest proportions of unsentenced prisoners (37% and 35% respectively).
In total, a daily average of 176 people were in full time custody in the ACT with an average daily number of 53 persons held in periodic detention. The rate of imprisonment for periodic detainees increased by 2% in the ACT from the December quarter 2006 to the March quarter 2007. The rate of imprisonment for periodic detainees increased by 2% in the ACT from the December quarter 2006 to the March quarter 2007.
In March 2007 in the ACT there were 121 people on parole, 192 people on bail, and 781 on probation.
An interesting comparison is the ratio of people on probation to people in full time custody. In the ACT the ratio is 4.7 compared to the national ratio of 1.23.