WA has seen the second-highest jump in female prisoners over ten years in the nation.

The number of women in prisons in WA has almost doubled, jumping 86 per cent between 2002 and 2012, according to the data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics published today.

Adult female inmate numbers jumped from 26 to 48 per 100,000 over that period in the State.

Male prisoner numbers continue to dwarf that of female, with an increase of 36 per cent or 357 to 485 male prisoners per 100,000 adult males over the same period in WA.

The Northern Territory recorded the highest increase in the female imprisonment rate, tripling over the ten year period from 31 to 99 per 100,000 adult women in the population.

All States except New South Wales and Queensland recorded increases in their overall prison populations.

The West Australian

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