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NCJ Number: 173413 Find in a Library
Title: Assessing the Accuracy of State Prisoner Statistics
Series: BJS Technical Reports
Author(s): Patrick A Langan Ph.D.; David J. Levin
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Indiana University Purdue University, Research Support Funds
Indianapolis, IN 46202
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
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United States of America

Indiana University Purdue University, Research Support Funds
420 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document reports on a wide array of statistics routinely compiled and disseminated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) that describe persons sentenced to State prisons during the year.
Abstract: Prisoner characteristics are available in two different sources: State prison records and State court records. This report investigates the extent to which prisoner characteristics from one source match those from the other. Results of the investigation indicate a close correspondence between court and prison records for State prisoners for 1992. The findings were similar for conviction offenses, prisoner gender, prisoner race, and average age; findings differed somewhat for sentence length and the total number of persons sent to prison. Nearly all of the difference in the numbers of persons sent to prison resulted from 13 States' not being included in the data compiled from prison records. Tables and discussion of methodology
Main Term(s): Corrections statistics
Index Term(s): Court statistics; Data collections; Data integrity; State correctional facilities
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