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released: 10 Dec 2013 author: AIHW media release

This report presents information on the youth detention population in Australia, focusing on quarterly trends from June 2009 to June 2013. On an average night, there were about 1,000 young people in detention, about half of whom were unsentenced. Numbers and rates of young people in detention remained relatively stable over the 4 years nationally; however, this trend varied between different states and territories. Around half of all young people in detention on an average night were Indigenous.

ISSN 1833-3230; ISBN 978-1-74249-518-7; Cat. no. JUV 31; 81pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • Fewer than 1,000 young people in detention on an average night
      • Numbers are stable, but rates have decreased
      • Decrease in sentenced detention rate
      • One in two in detention are Indigenous
      • Different trends among the states and territories
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Key principles in youth detention
      • 1.2 Youth detention age limits
      • 1.3 Legal status (sentenced or unsentenced)
      • 1.4 States and territories
      • 1.5 Detention data
    • 2 Recent trends in detention
      • 2.1 Key points
      • 2.2 Number in detention
      • 2.3 Rate of detention
      • 2.4 Legal status
    • 3 Recent trends in unsentenced detention
      • 3.1 Key points
      • 3.2 Number in unsentenced detention
      • 3.3 Rate of unsentenced detention
    • 4 Recent trends in sentenced detention
      • 4.1 Key points
      • 4.2 Number in sentenced detention
      • 4.3 Rate of sentenced detention
    • 5 State and territory trends
      • 5.1 Key points
      • 5.2 New South Wales
      • 5.3 Victoria
      • 5.4 Queensland
      • 5.5 Western Australia
      • 5.6 South Australia
      • 5.7 Tasmania
      • 5.8 Australian Capital Territory
      • 5.9 Northern Territory
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A Data and methods
      • Appendix B Summary table
      • Appendix C JJ NMDS 2011-12 Data Quality Statement
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of figures
    • List of tables
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Youth detention population in Australia 2013. Juvenile justice series 13. Cat. no. JUV 31. Canberra: AIHW.