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Key services measures for 2020-2021 - custody 

KEY SERVICE MEASURES - YOUNG PEOPLE IN CUSTODY
2016/17
2017/18
2018/19
​2019/20
​2020/2021
Average daily number of young people in custody
​273
286
​265
​251
​201
Average daily number and percent of young women in custody
​21
(8%)
​26

(9%)

​23
(9%)
​20
(8%)
​14
(7%)
​Average daily number and percent of young people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background
​144 (53%)
​134 (47%)
​127

(48%)


​112
(45%)
81
(40%)​
​Average daily number and percent of young people serving custodial sentences
​118 (43%)
​116 (41%)
​117
(44%)

​107
(43%)
​73
(36%)
​Average daily number and percent of young people remanded in custody awaiting of court proceedings to be finalised
154 (56%)
​170 (59%)

​148

(56%)


​144
(57%)
​128
(64%)

Source: DCJ/YJ BA. Effective date 3 July 2021.


Average daily number of young people in custody


Source: DCJ/YJ BA. Effective date 3 July 2021.

This chart shows the average daily number of young people in custody over the past five years from 2016-17 to 2020-21. In 2016-17, the average daily number of young people in custody was 273. In 2017-18, the average daily number of young people in custody was 286. In 208-19, the average daily number of young people in custody was 265. In 2019-20, the average daily number of young people in custody was 251. In 2020-21, the average daily number of young people in custody was 201.

Average weekly number of young people in custody by legal status

Average Weekly by Legal Status Source: DCJ/YJ BA. Effective date 3 July 2021.

This chart shows the average weekly number of young people in custody by legal status of remand and control by week in 2020-21.

Average daily number of young people in custody by month

Line chart showing average daily number of young people in custody by month from January 2021 to December 2021

This chart shows the average daily number of young people in custody by month from January 2021 until December 2021. In January 2021, the average daily number of young people in custody was 195. A steady increase is observed up until April 2021 where the average daily number of young people in custody was 214. From there numbers declined to 170 in October 2021. In December 2021, the average daily number of young people in custody decreased again to 164. Note: This is a rolling 12 month chart that is updated monthly.

Average daily number (and percentage) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody 

Average daily no of Aboriginal YP in custody

Source: DCJ/YJ BA. Effective date 3 July 2021.

This chart shows the average daily number and percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody over the past five years from 2016-17 to 2020-21. In 2016-17, there were 144 (52.9%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody. In 2017-18, there were 134 (46.9%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody. In 2018-19, there were 127 (47.9%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody. In 2019-20, there were 112 (44.6%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody. In 2020-21 there were 81 (52.9%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody.


Average daily number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody by month

Chart showing average daily number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody by month Jan 2021-Dec 2021

This chart shows the average daily number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody by month from January 2021 until December 2021. In January 2021 the average daily number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody was 80. A steady increase is observed up until March 2021 where the average daily number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in custody was 88. From there numbers declined to 74 in October 2021. In December 2021, the average daily number of young people in custody decreased again to 72. Note: This is a rolling 12 month chart that is updated monthly.



Admissions to Youth Justice Centres

Admissions to custody

Source: DCJ/YJ BA. Effective date 3 July 2021.

1. Remand to Control are admissions on remand which become control orders during a continuous period of custody.


This chart shows the number of admissions to Youth Justice Centres by legal status for the past five years from 2016-17 to 2020-21. Remand: 2016-17 2,611, 2017-18 2,786, 2018-19 2,946, 2019-20 3,086, 2020-21 3,053. Remand to Control: 2016-17 306, 2017-18 299 , 2018-19 216, 2019-20 211, 2020-21 189. Control: 2016-17 87, 2017-18 90, 2018-19 112, 2019-20 84, 2020-21 39. Total admissions to Youth Justice Centres: 2016-17 3,004, 2017-18 3,175, 2018-19 3,274, 2019-20 3,381, 2020-21 3,281.

Number of remand admissions

Remand Admissions

Source: DCJ/YJ BA. Effective date 3 July 2021.

This chart shows the number of remand admissions over the past five years from 2016-17 to 2020-21. In 2016-17, there were 2,917 remand admissions. In 2017-18, there were 3,085 remand admissions. In 208-19, there were 3,162 remand admissions. In 2019-20, there were 3,297 remand admissions. In 2020-21, there were 3,242 remand admissions.

Length of stay for young people in custody on remand

Length of Stay on remand

Source: DCJ/YJ RPELive Database. Extracted 9 July 2021. As this is taken from a live database, figures are subject to change. 

1. This counts all remand discharges in the counting period and calculates the length of stay in days from admission date. For remand stays that become control stays the sentence is used as the end date of the remand period. 

This chart shows the average length of stay and median number of days spent on remand over the past five years from 2016-17 to 2020-21. In 2016-17, the average length of stay in custody on remand was 18.4 days (median = 1). In 2017-18, the average length of stay in custody on remand was 19.4 days (median = 1). In 2018-19, the average length of stay in custody on remand was 15.4 days (median = 1). In 2019-20, the average length of stay in custody on remand was 16.6 days (median = 1). In 2020-21, the average length of stay in custody on remand was 12 days (median = 1).

Length of stay for young people in custody on control

Length of Stay on Control Source: DCJ/YJ RPELive Database. Extracted 9 July 2021. As this is taken from a live database, figures are subject to change

This chart shows the average length of stay and median number of days spent on control orders over the past five years from 2016-17 to 2020-21. In 2016-17, the average length of stay in custody on control was 108.6 days (median = 68.5). In 2017-18, the average length of stay in custody on control was 107.4 days (median = 62). In 2018-19, the average length of stay in custody on control was 114.3 days (median = 80.5). In 2019-20, the average length of stay in custody on control was 109.3 days (median = 66). In 2020-21, the average length of stay in custody on control was 126.8 days (median = 64).

Proportion of young people with a remand episode who receive, or do not receive a Control Order within 12 months

Propn on remand who recieve Control Order within 12 months