As prisons have been topical I've dug out some relevant statistics (just what I have to hand).
We hear that “crime is a young man’s game”. If we call young anything up to 30 years-old, fifty three percent of prison sentences imposed in 2003 were on young people.
BUT of all inmates 76 percent had FIRST been imprisoned as a young person. The most common age for first imprisonment is 17.
Of the 8,536 sentences 10 percent went to females. Up from 7 percent in 1999.
Exactly half of the sentences were imposed on Maori.
Going back to 1960;
3,057 sentences were imposed. The percentage of the population under 30 was fifty three; now it is only 43 percent. Despite today's population being considerably older the rate of sentencing per 10,000 of mean population, has increased by around fifty percent.
Don’t do this at home. Don’t do this ON your home.
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