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NCJ Number: NCJ 164620     Find in a Library
Title: Profile of Jail Inmates 1996
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): C W Harlow
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 16
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: Data from the Survey of Inmates in Local Jails conducted between October 1995 and March 1996, revealed that two-thirds were convicted of their current offense or serving a sentence for a prior offense, and one-third were unconvicted, awaiting trial, on trial, or not yet arraigned.
Abstract: More than half of the jail inmates in 1996 were already being supervised by the courts or corrections staff at their most recent arrest. Almost one-third were on probation, one- eighth were on parole, and one-eighth were on bail or bond. More than 7 of every 10 jail inmates had prior sentences to probation or incarceration. More than 4 in 10 had served 3 or more sentences. The percentage of inmates who reported ever using marijuana increased from 71 percent in 1989 to 78 percent in 1996. Half the inmates in both years reported trying cocaine; increases were reported in the use of other drugs. Seventeen percent of the convicted inmates who said that they used drugs in the month before the offense had participated in a treatment or self-help program since jail admission. More than one-third of inmates reported some physical or mental disability. Forty-eight percent of jailed women reported having been physically or sexually abused prior to admission; 27 percent had been raped. More than half a million inmates were incarcerated in jails at midyear 1996 and 1997; the jail population has increased an average of 4.6 percent per year since 1989. Tables
Main Term(s): Inmate statistics
Index Term(s): Jail statistics
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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, April 1998
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