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Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates

Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates

James, Doris J., and Lauren E. Glaze. Mental health problems of prison and jail inmates. Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2016.

“At midyear 2005 more than half of all prison and jail inmates had a mental health problem, including 705,600 inmates in State prisons, 78,800 in Federal prisons, and 479,900 in local jails. These estimates represented 56% of State prisoners, 45% of Federal prisoners, and 64% of jail inmates. The findings in this report were based on data from personal interviews with State and Federal prisoners in 2004 and local jail inmates in 2002.”

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Keywords: BJS, mentally ill, statistics, data, Office of Justice Programs.