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  NCJ Number: NCJ 179999     Find in a Library
  Title: Drug Use, Testing, and Treatment in Local Jails
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Author(s): Doris James Wilson
  Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Date Published: 05/2000
  Page Count: 12
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report describes the drug involvement of jail inmates and the level of drug use, testing, and treatment in jails.
  Abstract: This report is the third in a series on prior drug use and treatment of offenders, and uses data from the 1998 Annual Survey of Jails and the 1996 Survey of Inmates in Local Jails. (See also Substance Abuse and Treatment, State and Federal Prisoner, 1997 and Substance Abuse and Treatment of Adults on Probation, 1995.) Data in this report are presented on the number of jurisdictions that conduct drug tests on jail inmates and staff, the criteria for testing, the percent of tests on jail inmates that are positive for drugs, and policies and actions taken by jurisdictions in response to positive tests. Other data describe the type of treatment programs available in local jail jurisdictions and the number of inmates in treatment on June 30, 1998. The report also summarizes the characteristics of drug-involved jail inmates, including their drug use history, criminal history, and participation in treatment since admission. Highlights include the following: An estimated 61,000 (16 percent) convicted jail inmates committed their offense to get money for drugs. Two-thirds of convicted jail inmates were actively involved with drugs prior to their admission to jail. Overall, 71 percent of local jail jurisdictions reported that they had a policy to test inmates and staff for drug use in 1998. In June, one-fourth of the jails tested samples from inmates.
  Main Term(s): Inmate statistics
  Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes ; Jail statistics ; Drug testing ; Drug offenders ; Drug Related Crime ; Inmate drug treatment ; Jail management
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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