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NCJ Number: 166351 Find in a Library
Title: Overview of National Jail Statistics at the Bureau of Justice Statistics
Journal: American Jails  Volume:10  Issue:6  Dated:(January-February 1997)  Pages:10-15
Author(s): A J Beck
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The corrections statistics program maintained by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) of the Department of Justice uses periodic censuses and surveys to describe the status and trends in the jail population, capacity, and personnel.
Abstract: These data collections collect comparable data over time to provide measures of how the country's jails, inmates, and staff have changed over time. The BJS corrections statistics program uses two distinct data collection methods: aggregate-level reporting by jail officials and self-reporting by inmates. These censuses and surveys provide data on issues facing jail administrators and a benchmark against which jurisdictions may compare their jail populations. Together the BJS censuses and surveys describe a jail population that is increasingly rapidly and experiencing significant changes. The number of jail inmates has more than tripled since 1970, when the first national jail statistics were collected. Flat budgets; steadily increasing data collection costs; and increasing demands for more accurate, timely, and operationally relevant data are leading to the use of computer-assisted personal interviewing and the redesign of the annual jail survey to reduce the amount of information collected to one page. Further changes and simplifications are also under consideration. Tables and illustrations
Main Term(s): Correctional facility surveys
Index Term(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Corrections management; Jail statistics
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