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Women in Prison

NCJ Number
Date Published
March 1994
11 pages
Publication Series
Based on responses to questions in interviews with a nationally representative sample of State inmates in 1991, this report describes the women inmates in the sample, including offenses and criminal histories, personal characteristics, and backgrounds.

This BJS Special Report examines demographic characteristics, current offenses, criminal histories, and the victims of violent female inmates from the 1991 BJS survey of State prison inmates. In 1991, 38,796 women were incarcerated, nearly twice the 19,812 from the 1986 survey. Presented in addition are the women's family background, children, drug and alcohol use, prior physical and sexual abuse, and health issues.

Date Published: March 1, 1994