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July 9, 2014

The majority (57 percent) of 22,318 prisoners in New Jersey correctional institutions are there due to violent crimes, including homicide, sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping, and simple assault. Only 18 percent of inmates have been committed for narcotics offenses.

The median total term for all inmates is six years, with 36 percent having terms of more than 10 years. Of those, 5 percent are serving life sentences and 71 inmates are serving life without parole.

The median age of all inmates is 34, with 36 percent of those incarcerated 30 years of age or younger.

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