BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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

In 2002, jail inmates reported alcohol use at the time of the offense in 33% of all offenses

  • Jail inmates were more likely to report alcohol use at the time of an offense for a violent offense than for other types of offenses.
  • Reported alcohol use at the time of the offense was the lowest among drug-related offenses (22.4%), and highest among violent offenses (37.6%).
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Table 30 . Convicted local jail inmates who reported alcohol use at the time of offense, by type of offense, 2002
Type of offense Estimated number  Estimated percent


Total Alcohol use
at offense
No
alcohol use
Total Alcohol use
at offense

No
alcohol use

Standard error

Totala 440,600   146,700   293,900   100 % 33.3   66.7   0.82 %
  Violent 96,400   36,200   60,200   100 % 37.6   62.4   1.86 %
  Property 112,900   32,200   80,700   100 % 28.5 71.5 1.49 %
  Drug 112,400   25,200   87,200   100 % 22.4 77.6 1.34 %
  Public orderb 83,200   21,800   61,400     100 % 26.2   73.8   1.7 %

aIncludes offenses not shown.
bExcludes an estimated 35,500 convicted DWI/DUI offenders. If these inmates are included, the proportion of  public order offenders reporting alcohol use at the time of offense increases to approximately 48%. 

 Source: Survey of Inmates in Local Jails, 2002









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