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NSW Prison population remains low post-lockdown

NSW Custody Statistics: Quarterly update September 2020


Link to report summary NSW Custody Statistics: Quarterly update September 2020

- Link to Infographics (pdf 580Kb)

Release Date: 10.30am Tuesday 3 November 2020


Latest figures released by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show that the NSW prison population remained steady in the 3 months to September 2020 after falling sharply between March and May 2020. 

In September 2020 there were 12,701 adults in custody.  This is a 6.1% reduction or 821 fewer inmates than a year ago. 

As previously reported, justice responses to COVID-19 led to a large drop in the prison population in the second quarter of 2020.  This was due to a:

  • jump in people released from remand to wait for their court case in the community

  • reduction in the rate at which people charged were remanded

  • reduction in people sentenced to prison as court appearances were deferred

In the third quarter of 2020 the prison population has remained steady at post-pandemic levels.

The youth detention population has shown even larger recent reductions and is currently at historic lows.  In September 2020 there were 190 young people in custody, a 19% drop, or 45 fewer young people, than in September 2019.  

Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director 0423 139 687
Email: bcsr@justice.nsw.gov.au
Copies of the reportwww.bocsar.nsw.gov.au