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NCJ Number: NCJ 181644     Find in a Library
Title: Medical Problems of Inmates, 1997
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Laura M. Maruschak ; Allen J. Beck
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 01/2001
Page Count: 12
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: Presents survey data on State and Federal offenders in prison who reported a medical problem since admission or a physical impairment or mental condition.
Abstract: The prevalence of specific medical problems and medical conditions is also included. The report examines medical problems and other conditions by gender, age, and time served since admission. Findings are based on self-reported data from the 1997 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities. Highlights include the following: 12 percent of State inmates and nearly 6 percent of Federal inmates reported having a learning or speech disability; 21 percent of State inmates and 22 percent of Federal inmates said they had a medical problem (excluding injury) after admission; 7 percent and 10 percent, respectively, said they had a medical problem that required surgery; nearly half of State inmates who had served 6 or more years said they had been injured after admission. Fewer than 20 percent of those in prison less than 2 years reported an injury; 40 percent of State inmates and 48 percent of Federal inmates age 45 or older said they had developed a medical problem since admission to prison.
Main Term(s): Corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Inmate statistics ; Federal correctional facilities ; State correctional facilities ; Inmate health ; Inmate health care
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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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