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Statistics on Women and the Criminal Justice System 2011



  Statistics on the representation of females and males as victims, suspects, offenders and employees in the Criminal Justice System have been released by the Ministry of Justice.

The report find that across the five year period, there were substantially fewer women than men both under supervision and in prison custody.

A greater proportion of women were also serving shorter sentences than men, which is likely to be attributable to a range of factors including differences in the offence types committed by men and women. Although the lowest in the five year reporting period, the 2011 rate of 2,104 self harm incidents per 1,000 female prisoners was over ten times higher than that for men (194 incidents per 1,000 male prisoners).

Download the statistics here.