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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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