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NCJ Number: 248766 Find in a Library
Title: Aging of the State Prison Population, 1993-2013
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): E. Ann Carson; William J. Sabol
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: May 2016
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF (Full Report)|PDF (Summary)|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic) ; Statistics; Survey
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents data on the aging of the State prison population for the period 1993-2013, using data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS’) National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP), National Prisoner Statistics (NPS) program, and the 1991 and 2004 Survey of Inmates in State Correctional Facilties (SISCF).
Abstract: Between 1993 and 2013, the number of State prisoners ages 55 or older increased 400 percent, from 3 percent of the total State prison population in 1993 to 10 percent in 2013. Between 1993 and 2003, the majority of the growth occurred among prisoners ages 40 to 54, and the number of State inmates ages 55 or older increased faster from 2003 to 2013. In 1993, the median age of State prisoners was 30; and by 2013, the median age was 36. This aging of State prisoners between 1993 and 2013 was due to a greater proportion of inmates being sentenced to and serving longer prison terms, predominantly for violent offenses, as well as the increase in admissions of older persons; the number of persons ages 55 or older admitted to State prisons increased 308 percent between 1993 and 2013. During this same period, the prison admissions of persons ages 24 or younger decreased 11 percent. These changing age patterns in the US. State prison population has implications for the resources needed for the management and care of inmates. 32 tables and 17 figures
Main Term(s): Corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Age; BJS Resources; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Corrections resources; Inmate characteristics; Inmate health care; Inmate statistics; State correctional facilities; Trend analysis
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