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Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Alcohol and Crime: Data from 2002 to 2008

An estimated 37% of state prisoners serving time for a violent offense in 2004 said they were under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offense

  • In 2004, state prisoners (33%) were more likely than federal prisoners (19%) to report alcohol use at the time of the offense.
  • 21% of federal prisoners serving time for a violent offense reported alcohol use at the time of the offense.
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Table 29. State and federal prisoners who reported alcohol use at the time of offense, by type of offense, 2004
Type of offense State prisoners Federal prisoners


Number     Percent Number   Percent




Alcohol use
at offense
No
alcohol use
Alcohol use
at offense
Standard
error
Alcohol use
at offense
No
alcohol use
Alcohol use
at offense
Standard
error

Total        382,368   791,026     32.6 % 0.70 %     22,894     100,724     18.5 % 1.12 %
Violent 207,511   355,850     36.8 % 1.04 % 3,721   14,150     20.8 % 3.07 %
Property 64,117    156,472     29.1 1.56      1,027        6,976     12.8 3.77  
Drug 53,981   197,714     21.4 1.32 12,711   55,831     18.5 1.50  
Public order 55,977   79,867     41.2 2.16 4,586   20,501     18.3 2.47  
Other/unspecified 782   1,123     41.0   18.18     849   3,266     20.6   6.37  

Source: Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2004








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