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NCJ Number: 136949 Find in a Library
Title: Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
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Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on data collected through in-depth interviews with 13,986 State prison inmates, this report presents a detailed statistical profile of current inmates. The survey represents the largest database on prisoners in State institutions and offers a resource for evaluating the effectiveness of correctional policies.
Abstract: This is the fourth nationally representative survey of inmates; basic variables examined were sex, race, Hispanic origin, age, marital status, education, work before entering prison, income, and veteran status. The report describes the offenses for which inmates were convicted, sentences that inmates were serving and time they had already served, and data on alien inmates. Family background variables discussed here include parental drug or alcohol abuse, incarceration of family members, and physical or sexual abuse. Other topics covered in detail include inmates' criminal history, victim characteristics, and inmate weapon possession and use. The report also focuses on gang membership, drug abuse, HIV infection, drinking and participation in alcohol abuse programs, inmate participation in prison programs, and security level of inmate housing. 64 figures
Main Term(s): Inmate statistics; State correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Alien criminality; Criminal histories; Drug-abusing inmates; Home environment; Offender profiles; Offense characteristics; Violent offenders
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