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Dec 11, 2008, 16:00 ET

One in Every 31 U.S. Adults Were in Prison or Jail or on Probation or Parole in 2007

More than 7.3 million men and women were under correctional supervision in the nation's prisons or jails or on probation or parole at yearend...

Jun 25, 2008, 01:00 ET

3.2 Percent of Inmates Report Sexual Victimization in Local Jails

WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 3.2 percent of jail inmates (24,700) reported one or more incidents of sexual...

Jun 05, 2008, 01:00 ET

Slower Growth in the Nation's Prison and Jail Populations

WASHINGTON, June 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The growth in the number of prisoners under state or federal jurisdiction slowed during the first...

Apr 24, 2008, 01:00 ET

Number of HIV-Positive State and Federal Inmates Continues to Decline

WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Between 2005 and 2006, the number of state and federal prisoners who were HIV-positive decreased...

Jan 21, 2007, 00:00 ET

Death Rates Lower in State Prisons Than in the General Population

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's state prison officials reported that 12,129 inmates died while in custody from 2001...

Aug 30, 2000, 01:00 ET

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Almost 1.5 Million Minor Children Have a Mother or Father in Prison

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Of the nation's 72 million minor children (17 years old and younger), an estimated 2 percent had an...

Aug 29, 2000, 01:00 ET

Bureau of Justice Statistics: National Violent Crime Rate Falls More Than 10 Percent; Violent Victimizations Down One-Third Since 1993

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's violent crime rate fell by more than 10 percent during 1999, reaching the lowest level since...

Jul 09, 2000, 01:00 ET

DOJ: Jails Affiliated With 53 American Indian Tribes in 18 States Held 1,621 Inmates on June 30, 1999

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,600 American Indians were incarcerated in Indian country jails at midyear 1999, the Justice...

May 17, 2000, 01:00 ET

Intimate Partner Violence Against Women Declined From 1993 Through 1998 One-Third of All Murdered Females Were Killed by Partner

WASHINGTON, May 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Violence against women by intimate partners fell by 21 percent from 1993 through 1998, the Justice...

Apr 19, 2000, 01:00 ET

Nation's Prison and Jail Population Reaches 1,860,520; Could Reach Two Million by Late 2001

WASHINGTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's prisons and jails held 1,860,520 inmates at midyear 1999, the Justice Department's Bureau of...

Apr 02, 2000, 00:00 ET

Plaintiffs Won 62 Percent of the Contract Trial Cases In Nation's 75 Largest Counties During 1996

WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Plaintiffs won 62 percent (3,021) of the estimated 4,850 contract cases decided by a trial in state general...

Jan 18, 2000, 00:00 ET

Male Military Veterans Are Incarcerated At Less Than Half the Rate of Non-Veterans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Male military veterans are incarcerated in the nation's prisons and jails at less than half the rate of...

Jan 09, 2000, 00:00 ET

People 65 Years Old and Older Less Likely to Be Victims Of Violent Crime Than Younger U.S. Residents

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- People 65 and older are substantially less likely to be violent crime victims than are younger men and women,...

Nov 23, 1999, 00:00 ET

New Software Available for Local Crime Surveys

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Justice Department today announced the availability of a free software package that enables law...

Aug 22, 1999, 01:00 ET

U.S. Correctional Population Reaches 5.9 Million Offenders

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The combined federal, state and local adult correctional population grew by 163,800 men and women during 1998...

Aug 20, 1999, 01:00 ET

Justice Department Awards Over $42 Million to Improve Criminal History Records

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Justice Department today is awarding more than $42 million to 55 states and territories to continue...

Jul 19, 1999, 01:00 ET

BJS: U.S. Violent Crime Rate Fell 7 Percent in 1998, 27 Percent Lower Than in 1993

WASHINGTON, July 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's violent crime rate fell 7 percent last year and was 27 percent lower than in 1993, the Justice...

Jul 11, 1999, 01:00 ET

More Than a Quarter Million Prison and Jail Inmates are Identified As Mentally Ill

WASHINGTON, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- An estimated 283,800 mentally ill offenders were held in the nation's state and federal prisons and local...

Jun 13, 1999, 01:00 ET

More Than 500,000 Drunk Drivers on Probation or Incarcerated in 1997

WASHINGTON, June 13 /PRNewswire/ -- An estimated 513,200 people were under correctional supervision as a consequence of driving while intoxicated...

Mar 14, 1999, 00:00 ET

Incarceration Rate More Than Doubles in Dozen Years

WASHINGTON, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- At midyear 1998, one in every 150 U.S residents was incarcerated, with an estimated 1,802,496 men and women...