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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...

Mar 07, 1999, 00:00 ET

Report Shows Almost 49,000 Non-Fatal Carjackings Every Year

WASHINGTON, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- On average, there were almost 49,000 completed or attempted non-fatal carjackings in the U.S. each year from...

Jan 04, 1999, 00:00 ET

More Than Three-Quarters of Prisoners Had Abused Drugs in the Past

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifty-seven percent of state prisoners and 45 percent of federal prisoners surveyed in 1997 said they had used...

Jan 02, 1999, 00:00 ET

Nation's Largest Cities Lead the Way As Homicides Fall to Lowest Rate In Three Decades

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's murder rate last year fell to its lowest level in three decades, the Justice Department's Bureau...

Dec 27, 1998, 00:00 ET

Violent Crime Fell Almost 7 Percent Last Year; Down More Than 21 Percent Since 1993

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's violent crime rate fell almost 7 percent during 1997, the Justice Department's Bureau of...

Oct 09, 1998, 01:00 ET

President Clinton Announces Over $41 Million to Stop Violent Criminals From Purchasing Firearms

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- At the White House today, President Clinton announced that 46 states are receiving grants totaling more than...

Aug 16, 1998, 01:00 ET

Nation's Probation and Parole Population Reached New High Last Year

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 3.9 million adult men and women -- a new record -- were on probation or parole at the end of 1997,...

Aug 02, 1998, 01:00 ET

Nation's Prison Population Increased By More Than 5 Percent During 1997

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The nation's adult prison population grew by 5.2 percent last year -- somewhat less than the average annual...

Jun 07, 1998, 01:00 ET

The Number of State and Local Law Enforcement Officers Assigned to Patrol and Response Duties Grew by 19 Percent in Four Years

WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of full-time state and local law enforcement officers whose regularly assigned duties included...

Oct 29, 1997, 00:00 ET

BJS: State and Federal Prisoners Filed 68,235 Petitions In United States Courts During 1996

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The rate at which state and federal prisoners filed petitions in United States district courts seeking...

May 02, 1997, 01:00 ET

Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics Puts New Crime Data on the Internet

WASHINGTON, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has revised its Internet webpage, adding new...