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released: 13 Dec 2016 author: AIHW

This bulletin presents information on the youth detention population in Australia, focusing on quarterly trends from June 2012 to June 2016. There were just over 900 young people in detention on an average night in the June quarter 2016, just over half (57%) of whom were unsentenced. Numbers and rates of young people in detention dropped slightly over the 4 years, despite a slight increase in the most recent year. Just over half (55%) of all young people in detention on an average night were Indigenous.

ISSN 2205-5010 (PDF) 1446-9820 (Print); ISBN 978-1-76054-028-9; Cat. no. AUS 210; 24pp.; $13

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Publication table of contents 

  • Summary
  • Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Trends in detention
  • 3 Trends in sentenced and unsentenced detention
  • 4 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • 5 State and territory trends
  • Technical notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Symbols
  • References
  • Related publications
  • verso details

Recommended citation

AIHW 2016. Youth detention population in Australia 2016. AIHW bulletin no. 138. Cat. no. AUS 210. Canberra: AIHW.

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