Presents data on the prevalence of medical problems reported by state and federal prisoners, highlighting differences in chronic conditions and infectious diseases by demographic characteristic. Findings are based on self-reported data from the 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates.
- About 51% of state and 43% of federal prisoners reported ever having a chronic condition, while 40% of state and 33% of federal prisoners reported currently having a chronic condition.
- An estimated 17% of state and 10% of federal prisoners reported ever having an infectious disease.
- Ten percent of state and 4% of federal prisoners reported ever having hepatitis C, the most common infectious disease reported.
- More than a quarter of state (29%) and federal (26%) prisoners reported ever having high blood pressure, the most common chronic condition reported.