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Publication Comparing Federal and State Prison Inmates - 1991

Caroline Wolf Harlow

September 1, 1994    NCJ 145864

This report presents data collected by a collaborative effort in 1991 involving the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. This effort represented the first joint survey of prisoners held in State and Federal prisons. Interviews were conducted among inmates housed in 53 Federal prisons and 273 State prisons. The State sample consisted of approximately 14,000 prisoners; the Federal sample consisted of approximately 6,600 prisoners. The interviews sought information concerning the inmates' social and criminal histories. Findings compare and contrast offenses, sentence lengths and time to be served, criminal histories, drug and alcohol use, weapons used, personal and family characteristics, incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and activities since incarceration. A section discussing methodology also is included. A listing of other BJS reports is provided. Tables

Part of the Prisoners Series

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