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NCJ Number: 97995 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Admissions and Releases, 1982
Author(s): S Minor-Harper; L A Greenfeld
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Document: PDF
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These statistics on persons admitted to and released from State prisons in 1982 cover inmate demographic and offense characteristics as well as the median sentence given and the median time served before release.
Abstract: Data were obtained from 29 States and the District of Columbia and cover approximately three-fifths of the Nation's total State prison admissions and releases. The overwhelming majority of those admitted to and released from prison in 1982 were male, and almost half of both groups were black. The median age of those admitted to prison was 25 years; the median age at release was 27 years. Violent offenders accounted for 37.5 percent of those admitted to prison and 35.9 percent of those released. Burglary and robbery were the most common offenses occasioning imprisonment. The median sentence for those admitted to prison was 51 months, and 16 months was the median time served for releasees. About 3 percent of those admitted to prison had received a life sentence, with 2 of every 3 life sentences imposed for murder. Nearly three-fifths of those released on a life sentence served 7 years or less; nearly a quarter served 3 years or less. Fifty-two percent of those released were on parole, compared to 72 percent in 1977. In addition to presenting tabular data for 1982 inmates by State, data are also presented for State prison admissions for selected years from 1926 to 1982.
Index Term(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Demography; Inmate statistics; Offense statistics; Sentencing/Sanctions; Time served
Note: Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report.
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