Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 4: Offending

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New indicators in this section of the Report explore data on women’s offending and women in prison.

Indicator 4.1 presents crime data recorded by NSW Police on female offenders, including the principal offences for which female offenders are proceeded against. It also presents data on assault offenders in particular, including age-related trends.

Indicator 4.2 examines women in prison, using data from the NSW Inmate Census 2012 and other sources. Data shows that, unlike the national trend, the number of female prisoners in NSW has risen at the same rate as that of male prisoners over the past 10 years, not faster. It also presents interesting comparisons between female and male prisoners in terms of sentence length, most common offence, prior imprisonment, who cares for the children of inmates, and other issues.