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National Library Week

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NCJ Number: NCJ 210696     Find in a Library
Title: Medical Problems of Jail Inmates
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Laura M Maruschak
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 11/2006
Page Count: 9
  Series: BJS Special Reports
  Annotation: This report presents findings on jail inmates who reported a current medical problem, a physical or mental impairment, or an injury since admission based on data from the 2002 Survey of Inmates in Local Jails.
Abstract: The prevalence of specific medical problems and conditions are also included. The report examines medical problems and other conditions by gender, age, time served since admission, and select background characteristics. Highlights include the following: (1) more than a third of jail inmates reported having a current medical problem; (2) 22 percent of jail inmates reported having a learning impairment; 11 percent said they had impaired vision; and (3) heart valve damage (290 per 10,000 inmates) and arrhythmia (211 per 10,000) were the most commonly reported types of heart problems. Tables
Main Term(s): Inmate health
Index Term(s): Inmate statistics ; Inmates ; Inmate health care ; Inmate treatment ; Inmate fatalities ; AIDS/HIV epidemiology ; Terminally ill inmates
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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