Some Interesting B of J Statistics

BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS (BJS)

Prison and Jail Inmates, 1995

DID YOU KNOW…
1,127,132 prisoners were under the jurisdiction of correctional
authorities of the 50 States and the District of Columbia (together
holding 1,026,882) and of the Federal Government (100,250).

WERE YOU AWARE…
over the 12 preceding months, the Nation’s prison population grew 72,059
prisoners–an increase of 6.8 percent since year end 1994.

STATISTICS SHOW…
State prison systems were operating between 14 percent and 25 percent
over their reported capacity; the Federal system, 26 percent over the
reported capacity.

FINDINGS INDICATE…
the Nation’s local jails held or supervised an estimated 541,913
persons. Of that total, 34,869 were in community supervision programs
such as electronic monitoring, house detention, and day reporting.

THE FACTS ARE…
an estimated 7,888 juveniles (under age 18) were held in local jails; an
increase of 17 percent from 12 months before. Nearly a quarter were tried
or awaiting trial as adults.

To obtain a copy of BJS’ new release “Prison and Jail Inmates, 1995,”
(NCJ 161132), please refer to “Ordering Directions” at the end of
JUSTINFO or point your Web browser to: <>.

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