Monday, May 21, 2007

Study of Veterans in Prison

I ran across a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics study while doing some unrelated searches on Google News. The study found that veterans are less likely to be imprisoned than the rest of the population, but among those who are in prison, a far higher percentage are in prison for violent crime and especially for rape.
Among adult males in the U.S. population in 2004, veterans were half as likely as non-veterans to be in prison (630 prisoners per 100,000 veterans, compared to 1,390 prisoners per 100,000 non-veteran U.S. residents)....

Over half of veterans (57 percent) were serving time for violent offenses, compared to 47 percent of non-veterans.

In particular, veterans (23 percent) were twice as likely as non-veterans (9 percent) to have been sentenced for sexual assaults, including rape.

Among violent offenders, a higher percentage of veterans reported victimizing females (60 percent for veterans compared to 41 percent for non-veterans) and minors (40 percent for veterans compared to 24 percent for non-veterans).

“We couldn’t come to any definite conclusion as to why,” said Margaret E. Noonan, one of the study’s authors told the AP.

The numbers mirror a trend seen in military prisons, where populations have declined but sexual assault remains the most common crime.

“I don’t want people to come away from this thinking veterans are crazed sex offenders,” Noonan said. “I want them to understand that veterans are less likely to be in prison in the first place.” |Salem News|

2 comments:

Sarah Deer said...

“We couldn’t come to any definite conclusion as to why,” said Margaret E. Noonan, one of the study’s authors told the AP.

Really? Is she fucking kidding?

Sarah Deer said...

More here:

http://www.feministpeacenetwork.org/2007/05/23/why-male-vets-are-committing-sexual-assault/