The AIHW currently collects data on the health of prisoners in Australia through a national survey of public and private prisons. Prisoners have higher levels of mental health problems, risky alcohol consumption, tobacco smoking, illicit drug use, chronic disease and communicable diseases than the general population. This means that prisoners have significant and complex health needs, which are often long-term or chronic in nature.
More reports and statistics on prisoners can be found under Youth justice.
prisoner entrants in 2015 reported they had previously been told they had a chronic health condition
prison entrants were homeless or in insecure accommodation in the 4 weeks before entering prison
prison entrants had not studied past Year 10
prison entrants used illicit drugs in the 12 months prior to prison
prisoners received medication for mental health issues while in prison
prison entrants were unemployed in the 30 days before entering prison
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