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Extra 832 people in Qld jails at a cost of $318 each a day

Queensland's prisoner numbers are increasing.
Queensland's prisoner numbers are increasing. Robyne Cuerel

THE Queensland Government's tough on crime approach has put an extra 832 people in prison since June 2012 at a cost to taxpayers of an extra $96.72 million a year.

The Department of Justice and Attorney General on Wednesday evening confirmed there were now 6432 prisoners in Queensland jails on November 6.

It is the first time in Queensland history prisoner numbers have been more than 6000.

In June 2012 there were 5600 prisoners, a figure which has been stable for five years.

The additional $96.72 million cost is based on the "cost per incarceration", in the most recent Report on Government Services, which compares corrective services costs in Australia.

That shows the total cost of incarceration in Queensland is $318.50 per prisoner per day.

More on this story at Brisbanetimes.com.au

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