Rate of Confirmed AIDS in Prison 2.5 Times Rate in U.S. General Population

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 1, 2010

HIV in Prisons, 2007-08 (NCJ 228307), by Bureau of Justice Statistics statistician Laura M. Maruschak and intern Randy Beavers.

  • On December 31, 2008, a reported 20,449 state prisoners and 1,538 federal prisoners were HIV positive or had confirmed AIDS, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) in the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, announced [January 29, 2010]. At year end 2008, an estimated 5,733 inmates in state and federal prisons had confirmed AIDS, down from 5,814 in 2007. In 2007, about 41 per 10,000 prison inmates were estimated to have confirmed AIDS, compared to 17 per 10,000 persons in the general population.”
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