Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The health of Australia's prisoners 2010 (AIHW)

The health of Australia's prisoners 2010 is the second report on indicators of prisoner health in Australia. The two-week snapshot showed that:

* almost 1 in 3 prison entrants had ever been told they have a mental health disorder and 1 in 5 prisoners in custody was taking medication for a mental health condition;
* more than 4 in 5 prison entrants was a current smoker; over half report drinking alcohol at risk levels and 2 in 3 had used illicit drugs during the previous 12 months;
* more than 1 in 3 prison entrants had not completed Year 10 at school;
* 1 in 4 prison entrants had a chronic condition such as asthma, cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

The report also contains data relating to communicable diseases, deaths in custody, and the use of prison health services.

Media release

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