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November 1984

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Drunks Still Fill Jails

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--A federal study, finding that the nation's 3,493 local jails often hold "inappropriate populations," recommends that juveniles, the mentally ill, and drunks be housed somewhere other than in jail, or in sections away from other inmates.

The Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, a bipartisan body set up by Congress, found "that in recent years, local jails have been used to house persons charged with no crime or simply petty violations"; that "one of every three arrests in the U.S. is for public inebriation, more than 1,000,000 each year"; and that 25 to 50% of the people in jail are there for public intoxication.

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