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Profile of Jail Inmates 1996

NCJ Number
Date Published
April 1998
16 pages
Publication Series
Data from the Survey of Inmates in Local Jails conducted between October 1995 and March 1996, revealed that two-thirds were convicted of their current offense or serving a sentence for a prior offense, and one-third were unconvicted, awaiting trial, on trial, or not yet arraigned.

Presents data about local jail inmates: their demographic characteristics, offenses, conviction status, criminal histories, sentences, time served, drug and alcohol use and treatment, family background, physical and mental health care, and conditions of confinement. Compiled from in-depth interviews with a nationally representative sample of over 6,000 local jail inmates in 431 local jails, this is the most comprehensive study to date of the more than 567,000 inmates in local jails.

Date Published: April 1, 1998