Increasing numbers of inmate separations from Australian prisons

Kristy A Martire and Sarah Larney
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11321
Published online: 6 February 2012

To the Editor: In 2009, we calculated that an estimated 50 405 prison inmate separations occurred in Australia in the 2007–08 financial year,1 and argued that the significant mortality risks associated with release from custody necessitated accurate and routine dissemination of such information. We believe this is still required, and that reporting the most current estimate of inmate separations may help facilitate better through-care and post-release health service provision. Our previous estimates have been used to contextualise discussions of prisoner health,2 estimate the number of post-release deaths,3 and advocate for needle and syringe programs in Australian prisons.4

  • Kristy A Martire1
  • Sarah Larney2

  • 1 School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Centre for Health Research in Criminal Justice, Justice Health, Sydney, NSW.


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