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Veterans in Prison or Jail

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Date Published
January 2000
16 pages
Christopher J. Mumola
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Publication Type
This report presents data from the 1997 Surveys of Inmates in Adult State and Federal Correctional Facilities and the 1996 Survey of Inmates in Local Jails concerning inmates' prior military service.
Numeric tables present data on branch of military service, periods of wartime military service, combat duty, and type of military discharge. Tables include comparisons of veteran and nonveteran inmates' current offenses, criminal histories, sentence lengths, and basic demographics such as gender, race/Hispanic origin, and age. This BJS Special Report also presents numeric tables on inmates' reports of prior drug and alcohol abuse, substance abuse including employment and income at time of arrest, and prior experiences of homelessness. Highlights include the following: (1) 1 in 6 incarcerated veterans were dishonorable discharged from the military; (2) 1 in 5 veterans in prison or jail reported seeing combat duty during their military service; (3) In 1998, an estimated 56,500 Vietnam War-era veterans and 18,500 Persian Gulf War-era veterans were held in State and Federal prisons. Tables, appendixes
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