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The number of people in custody in NSW remains lower than in past years due to pandemic-related influences in the justice system.
In December 2020 there were 12,766 adults in prison. This is a 6% decline, or 869 fewer adults than in December 2019. The December 2020 prison population was equivalent to that of December 2016, four years earlier (n=12,729).
The female prison population has shown a larger reduction than average. In the year to December 2020 the female prison population fell by 12% compared with a 6% reduction for males.
As previously reported, justice responses to COVID-19 led to a large drop in the prison population in the second quarter of 2020. The drivers were:
Throughout the second half of 2020 the prison population remained steady at post-pandemic levels.The youth detention population has shown even larger recent reductions and is currently at historic lows. In December 2020 there were 184 young people in custody, a 32% drop, or 86 fewer young people, than in December 2019. Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director, BOCSAR 0423 139 687 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au