ERIC Number: ED305577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Jail Inmates 1987. Bureau of Justice Statistics Bulletin.
This bulletin presents findings from the fifth Annual Survey of Jails. The survey was developed to provide an estimate of the country's jail inmate population in the years between National Jail Censuses which are conducted every 5 years, the last being in 1983. These findings are summarized: (1) at midyear 1987 local jails held 295,873 inmates, an 8% increase over the previous year; (2) the average daily population was 290,300, an increase of 9% from 1986; (3) on June 30, 1987 convicted inmates made up 48% of the adults with a known conviction status; (4) males accounted for 92% of the jail inmate population, with the number of adult female inmates in local jails increasing 53% since 1983; (5) during the year ending June 30, 1987 there were an estimated 17 million admissions and releases from local jails; (6) the number of jail inmates increased 32% since 1983, while the total rated capacity of the nation's jails rose 15%; (7) on June 30, 1987 over 75% of the nation's jail population was housed in jails of 358 jurisdictions, each with an average daily population of at least 100 inmates; (8) approximately 87% of the jurisdictions with large jail populations had one or more jails holding inmates for other authorities, about the same as in 1986; (9) occupancy exceeded rated capacity by about 11% among jurisdictions with large jail populations; and (10) approximately 41% of the jurisdictions with large jail populations reported at least one jail with an inmate death. Methodology is summarized and tables illustrate the findings. (ABL)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Bureau of Justice Statistics.