Statistics for Inmates & Health 2001

Inmate Facts

  • Most inmates are male, as females make up only 6% of the inmate population.
  • 19% of male inmates and 32% of female inmates are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, compared with 2% of the general community in NSW.
  • 50% of males and 30% of females warrant mental health referral for major depression.
  • 40% males and 64% of females are hepatitis C positive.
  • 50% of males and 75% of females were unemployed in the six months prior to incarceration.
  • 50% have not achieved School Certificate level of education.
  • The average age of inmates is 33 years for males and 31 years for females.

    Source: Justice Health – 2001 Inmate Health Survey. See:

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