The New Jersey Department of Corrections recently published itsa guide to the crimes, sentences, ethnicities, and holding facilities for the 19,619 inmates in the prison system. (The department does not break out statistics for the entire system — which includes halfway houses, county jails, and medical units — according to sex.)
Still, it makes for disquieting reading.
Sixty-one percent of all inmates (11,923) are serving time for violent crimes: homicide, sexual assault, aggravated/simple assault, robbery, kidnapping, other sex offenses, and other person offenses (including coercion and “terroristic threats”). Fifteen percent are behind bars for narcotics violations; 83 percent for sale/distribution.
Sixty-one percent of inmates are black; 22 percent, white; 16 percent, Hispanic; and 1 percent, Asian.
Thirty-four percent of all prisoners are 30 years of age or younger. The median age for inmates in all facilities is 35.
A total of 80 inmates are serving life without parole.