Custody data shows prison ups and down

Issued: Monday, 28 July 2014
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Attorney General Brad Hazzard today welcomed the release of new custody data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) showing the prison population’s latest fluctuations.

Mr Hazzard said Corrective Services NSW is managing the prison population effectively.
“Prison numbers have historically risen and fallen for a complex range of reasons,” Mr Hazzard said.

“In the past six years, the average prison population in NSW has been above 10,000 for four of those six years.

“It is nothing new to see these fluctuations and they are part and parcel of the operations of Corrections authorities,’’ Mr Hazzard said.

Mr Hazzard said the custody data would also be incorporated into the review of the Bail Act.

“The NSW Government announced the review of the Bail Act last month because the Premier and I were concerned some recent bail decisions did not reflect the Government’s intention to put community safety at the forefront of all bail decisions,” Mr Hazzard said.