Government Reports: Prison, Drug Use Trends 4/2/99

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A report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division of the US Dept. of Justice, found that at midyear 1998, 1 in every 150 US residents was incarcerated, with an estimated 1,802,496 men and women held in the country's prisons and jails. "Prison and Jail Inmates Midyear 1998," NCJ (173414). Copies of this and other BJS reports can be obtained from the What's New page of the BJS web site at, or by calling BJS at (800) 732-3277.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has released its "Pulse Check: National Trends in Drug Abuse, Winter 1998" report. The report offers demographic information on local drug use patterns throughout the country. This release includes findings of widespread marijuana use, methamphetamine problems in Hawaii, and a move toward snorting heroin rather than injecting it in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic South, as well as a section on "club drugs." The report can be obtained online at, or by calling (800) 666-3332.

These and many other government reports can also be ordered by writing to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, e-mail to [email protected], or by mail to P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000.

Periodic bulletins from NCJRS can be obtained on the web at, or by e-mail through the justinfo mailing list -- to subscribe, send e-mail to [email protected] with the line "subscribe justinfo your name" in the body of the message.

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