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NCJ Number: 127964 Find in a Library
Title: Female Offenders in Prison: Trends and Issues
Author(s): N Arrigona
Corporate Author: Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council
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Texas Dept of Corrections
Huntsville, TX 77340
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines the trends in female prison admissions, population, and releases in Texas between fiscal years 1984 and 1987 and considers issues related to capacity and housing as they affect the operation of the Gatesville and Mountain View units.
Abstract: Data sources are the Annual Statistical Reports of the Texas Department of Corrections and computerized data on all prison admissions, the on-hand population, and releases from custody. Data show that female admissions have increased 72.3 percent between 1984 and 1987. Females incarcerated in 1987 had committed more drug offenses, were slightly older, received longer sentences, and had fewer previous incarcerations than females admitted in 1984. Most of the females imprisoned in 1987 had committed violent offenses, had extensive criminal histories, and had longer sentences than those imprisoned in 1984. In 1987, for every female admitted to prison, one female had to be released. From 1984 to 1987 there has been a 34-percent decrease in the average time served by female offenders. Prison capacity will be even more severely impacted when the current backlog of females awaiting transfer from county jails is included in the regular flow of female admissions and when the court order requiring all medium and close custody inmates to be housed in cells is met. Crowding could be relieved by providing intermediate sanctions instead of prison for some of the less serious offenders currently imprisoned. 13 tables
Main Term(s): Female inmates
Index Term(s): Prison overcrowding; Texas; Trend analysis
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