Selected Characteristics of State and Federal Prison Inmates, 1997

Selected Characteristics of State and Federal Prison Inmates, 1997

CharacteristicState
inmates
1997
Federal
inmates
1997
Gender  
 Male93.7%92.8%
 Female6.37.2
Race/Hispanic origin  
 White non-Hispanic33.3%29.9%
 Black non-Hispanic46.537.8
 Hispanic17.027.3
 Other13.25.0
Age  
 17 or younger0.5%0.0%
 18–2419.38.9
 25–3438.136.6
 35–4429.430.6
 45–549.816.3
 55–642.26.2
 65 or older0.71.4
  Median age32 yrs36 yrs
Marital status  
 Married16.6%30.4%
 Widowed1.91.7
 Separated5.85.8
 Divorced18.620.5
 Never married57.141.6
Educational attainment  
 8th grade or less14.2%12.0%
 Some high school28.917.4
 GED25.119.8
 High school graduate18.524.3
 Some college10.717.5
 College graduate or more2.79.1
  Median education12 yrs12 yrs
   
   
NOTE: Latest statistics available.
1. Includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other racial groups.
Source: Correctional Populations in the United States, 1997, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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