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Table 2 Prisoner related characteristics among prisoners in Northwest Amhara, 2015 (n = 649)

From: Psychological distress and associated factors among prisoners in North West Ethiopia: cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency (%)
Type of prisoner  
 Life sentenced prisoner 138 (21.3)
 Other than life Sentenced prisoner 511 (78.7)
Frequency of conduct religious practice  
 Always 308 (47.5)
 Sometimes 229 (35.3)
 Never 112 (17.3)
Participate in income generating activities  
 Yes 389 (59.9)
 No 260 (40.1)
Having a job before imprisonment  
 Yes 467 (72)
 No 182 (28)
Was happy with life before imprisonment  
 Yes 567 (87.4)
 No 82 (12.6)
Have a friend in the prison  
 Yes 407 (62.7)
 No 242 (37.3)
Having been discriminated because of imprisonment  
 Yes 283 (43.6)
 No 365 (56.4)
How often you feel guilty  
 Always 354 (54.5)
 Sometimes 105 (16.2)
 Never 190 (29.3)
Perceived magnitude of crime committed  
 Serious 304 (46.8)
 Medium 152 (23.4)
 Mild 193 (29.7)
Did you believe on the crime you have committed  
 Yes 267 (41.1)
 No 313 (48.2)
 I don’t have any idea 69 (10.6)
Appropriateness of duration penalized with your crime  
 Yes 30 (4.6)
 No 557 (85.8)
 I don’t have any idea 62 (9.6)
Satisfaction with the care you obtain  
 Satisfied 65 (10)
 Low to medium satisfaction 584 (89.4)
 No satisfaction 4 (0.6)
Social support  
 Yes 420 (64.7)
 No 229 (35.3)