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Statistics, publications and reports

The Department of Justice, Corrective Services Division collects and stores data and statistics about the adult prison population, youth detention population, adult community-based orders and youth justice orders.

For access to these statistical reports, refer to the Statistics page.

The Division also produces a wide range of publications in both hard copy and electronic format.

The Department's publications include:


Critical Incident Review - Greenough Regional Prison

There was a riot at Greenough Regional Prison on July 24 2018. As a result, the Director General of the Department of Justice Dr Adam Tomison asked Ms Jan Shuard to conduct a critical incident review of matters surrounding the riot. The resulting Shuard report was released publicly on November 28, 2018.

Recidivism trends in Western Australia

This report provides an up to date analysis of recidivism trends in Western Australia.

The report includes comparisons with national trends and specific data relating to the impact of prison treatment programs.

Data indicates that Western Australia's recidivism rates have trended downwards over the last five years while there has been a slight increase at the national level.

Social Impact Bonds

A report commissioned by Corrective Services to assess the potential use of Social Impact Bonds (SIB) to reduce reoffending has been completed.

Under a SIB, private investment is raised to fund programs and a public sector agency only pays when the program has achieved the specified results.

Western Australian Prisons Drug Strategy 2018-2020

The purpose of the Western Australian Prisons Drug Strategy 2018 – 2020 is to provide a high-level blueprint for how the Department of Justice (the Department) is addressing the challenge of drugs in prisons in Western Australia. The Department’s objective is to create a drug-free custodial environment.

Other publications

Partnerships with Purpose Arts and Rehabilitation

Corrective Service's Partnerships with Purpose Arts and Rehabilitation (PDF 1.2 MB) policy provides guidance on developing partnerships with Government, community and service providers and arts organisations to co-design arts programs and raise awareness of common goals and potential shared funding arrangements.

The policy recognises the intrinsic value of the arts and their ability to effect positive change and contribute to the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders. The arts provide an opportunity to develop pride and self-esteem and assist in bridging the gap between custody and community.

The programs developed under this policy will seek to address offenders' therapeutic, educational and employment needs including providing pathways to further learning and job-readiness. The policy sets a strategic framework for creating better outcomes – through the use of arts programs – for young people and adult offenders in custody and in the community.

Other helpful information

For further information about statistics, below is a list of useful websites that provide statistical reports from various government agencies:

Page last updated: 13-Nov-2019