skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 145863     Find in a Library
Title: Profile of Inmates in the United States and in England and Wales - 1991
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): J P Lynch ; S K Smith ; H A Graziadei ; T Pittayathikhun
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 23
  Annotation: Data concerning adult correctional facilities are provided.
Abstract: This report compares inmate populations of adult correctional facilities in the United States and in England and Wales. Data from all levels of the adult correctional system in the U.S. have been collated by using the 1991 national surveys of inmates in State and Federal prisons and the national 1989 survey of inmates in local jails. The data for England and Wales come from the National Prison Survey 1991 sponsored by the Home Office Research and Planning Unit. Detailed comparisons of the inmate populations including characteristics of inmates, their offenses, sentence length, criminal history, and family background are examined. Findings include the following: (1) a majority of convicted inmates in both populations had served a prior sentence to adult custody; (2) about 1 in 3 convicted inmates in both countries had family members who also had served a sentence to incarceration; (3) U.S. inmates, on average, received longer sentences for comparable offenses than inmates in England and Wales; (4) in both the United States and the United Kingdom, inmates were more likely to be younger, minority members, single, and less educated than their counterparts in the general adult population; (5) men formed the overwhelming majority of inmates in both systems; (6) racial or ethnic minorities were over-represented in the incarcerated populations in both the United States and the United Kingdom; and (7) growing up in a one-parent family was more than twice as likely for American inmates than for British inmates. A discussion of methodology and standard error calculation is included. Tables, resources
Main Term(s): Corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Adult offenders ; Comparative analysis ; US/foreign comparisons
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Indiana University Purdue University, Research Support Funds
420 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.