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Prison and community-sentence population tables

This page has links to tables in NZ.Stat – our free web tool for creating, finding, customising, and downloading datasets.

The datasets come from administrative data on remand and sentenced prisoners in custody, and on community sentences and post-prison offender populations, collected by the Department of Corrections.

We have applied random rounding to the figures in the tables to protect confidentiality.

Latest statistics

Annual remand prisoner throughput for the latest fiscal years 

Annual remand prisoner throughput for the latest calendar years 

Annual sentenced prisoner throughput for the latest fiscal years 

Annual sentenced prisoner throughput for the latest calendar years 

Annual community-sentence offender population for the latest fiscal years 

Annual community-sentence offender population for the latest calendar years 

Annual post-prison offender population for the latest fiscal years 

Annual post-prison offender population for the latest calendar years

Release notes

Changes for 27 April 2016 release

We’ve made the following changes to the 2014/15 fiscal year and 2015 calendar year tables data (as released on 28 May 2015) to align them with the tables and graphs shown in the Department of Corrections' Trends in the Offender Population 2014/15:

  • changes to categories of gender, ethnicity, and age for both sentenced and remand prisoners
  • changes to the counting rules, which have resulted in some differences in counts to the previous release.

Fiscal year 2014/15

Fiscal year statistics cover 1 July to 30 June.

Calendar year 2014

Calendar year statistics cover 1 January to 31 December.

Definitions

Remand prisoners

Remand prisoner statistics count people held in custody awaiting trial or sentencing. Remand prisoners may be held in police cells, court cells, psychiatric facilities, or in prison.

The data are sourced from the Department of Corrections and covers fiscal years and calendar years. They also include information on offence type, duration of remand, and demographic information.

Sentenced prisoners

Sentenced prisoner statistics count people in prison for a custodial sentence. Sentenced prisoners are those convicted of a crime and sentenced to imprisonment.

The data are sourced from the Department of Corrections and covers fiscal years and calendar years. They also include information on offence type, duration of sentence, and demographic information.

Community sentences

The community sentence offender tables contain information on offenders who were given a community sentence.
The data are sourced from the Department of Corrections and covers fiscal years and calendar years. They also include information on offence type, duration of sentence, and demographic information.

Post-prison population

The post-prison offender tables contain information on offenders who are under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, after a period in prison. Such offenders have typically served less than 100 percent of the imposed sentence.

The data are sourced from the Department of Corrections and covers fiscal years and calendar years. They also include information on offence type, duration of order, and demographic information.

More information

Offender Population Report
Analysis and trends in the Department of Correction’s two-yearly report

Offence categories 
Explains how an offender’s most series offence is determined in the criminal conviction and sentencing tables, and gives the AZNSOC divisions for classifying offences.

Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC) 2011
Classifications used for our crime and justice statistics.

Help

If you have any questions or need help, contact our Information Centre.

Page updated 18 January 2017 

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