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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 2018-2021

The purpose of the Western Australian Prisons Drug Strategy 2018 – 2021 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 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: 27-Jul-2021