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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

BJS Releases Alcohol and Drug Use and Treatment Reported by Prisoners

      WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Alcohol and Drug Use and Treatment Reported by Prisoners.  This report presents data about alcohol and drug use, use disorder and treatment experienced by state and federal prisoners, based on the self-reported data from the 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates.  It presents statistics on drug and alcohol use among prisoners before they were imprisoned, highlighting differences by demographic characteristics.  The report details prisoners’ participation in drug and alcohol treatment programs since admission to prison.  Additionally, it describes the percentage of prisoners who met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) dependence or abuse criteria for alcohol or drug use disorder.

      TITLE:  Alcohol and Drug Use and Treatment Reported by Prisoners:  Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016 (NCJ 252641)

      AUTHORS:  BJS Statisticians Laura M. Maruschak, Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D. (former) and Mariel Alper, Ph.D. (former)

      WHERE:  bjs.ojp.gov

     The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States.  Doris J. James is the acting director.

     The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law.  More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.


OFFICE:  bjs.ojp.gov
CONTACT:  Tannyr Watkins at 202-532-3923 or [email protected]

Date Created: June 23, 2021