Offense history and drug and alcohol use of U.S. state prisoners 1999, by whether abused before admission

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Current or past violence offense, alcohol/drug useMale abusedMale not abusedFemale abusedFemale not abused
Homicide16.3%12.8%13.9%7.3%
Sexual assault18.8%7.1%2%0.4%
Robbery13.5%14.7%7.8%6.1%
Assault9.9%9.4%7.6%5.7%
Ever used an illegal drug88.5%81.9%88.9%77.4%
Used an illegal drug regularly75.5%67.9%79.7%65%
Ever drank alcohol regularly69.1%59.8%57.5%38.2%
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This statistic shows the offense history and drug and alcohol use of U.S. state prisoners as of 1999, by whether they were abused before admission to prison. As of 1999, close to 19 percent of male inmates who had been abused in their life, had committed a sexual assault. About 7 percent of male inmates who were never abused had a sexual assault on their record.

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