BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Home  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Help  |  A-Z Topic List
 
 
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Home  |  Publications & Products

Medical Problems of Prisoners

Download spreadsheet version (.csv file)

Table 4. Impairments reported by prison inmates by gender and age, 2004

  Percent of inmates who reported an impairment

Any impairment Physical Mental

Total Learning Speech Hearing Vision Mobility*

State inmates                                
     All inmates 36.2 % 34.3 % 23.3 % 3.8 % 7.0 % 10.3 % 2.5 % 5.9 %
  Gender                                
    Male 36.2 % 34.5 % 23.6 % 3.9 % 6.9 % 10.2 % 2.5 % 5.6 %
    Female 36.8   32.0   18.7   2.6   7.6   12.0   2.1   11.0  
  Age                                
    24 or younger 34.7 % 33.4 % 28.0 % 3.4 % 3.1 % 6.0 % 0.8 % 5.1 %
    25-34 34.4   32.5   24.6   3.6   5.1   7.2   1.4   5.9  
    35-44 36.0   33.6   23.4   3.9   7.2   10.3   2.5   6.5  
    45 or older 41.2   39.5   16.4   4.2   13.4   19.4   6.1   5.9  
Federal inmates                                
     All inmates 24.4 % 23.4 % 12.7 % 1.5 % 5.0 % 8.6 % 2.3 % 3.0 %
  Gender                                
    Male 24.3 % 23.3 % 12.9 % 1.5 % 4.9 % 8.4 % 2.2 % 2.8 %
    Female 26.1   24.0   10.0   2.0   6.6   10.8   3.2   5.3  
  Age                                  
    24 or younger 22.6 % 22.3 % 16.8 % 2.9 % 2.5 % 5.0 % 0.5 % 2.9 %
    25-34 20.5   19.2   13.2   0.6   3.2   5.5   1.0   2.7  
    35-44 22.5   22.0   12.9   1.4   4.6   8.1   1.6   2.6  
    45 or older 33.8   32.1   10.1   2.8   9.4   15.4   6.0   3.9  

*Includes use of a cane, wheelchair, walker, hearing aid, or other aids in daily activity.


Source: Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2004.
  See also Methodology.
Previous Next

Back to Top