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Imprisonment rate of sentenced state and federal prisoners and the U.S. violent crime rate, 1985-2017

Reports:
Prisoners in 2017
and Crime in the United States


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  • The imprisonment rate for sentenced prisoners under state or federal jurisdiction rose 152% from 1985 to 2007 (from 201 to 506 prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents) and then fell 13% from 2007 to 2017 (from 506 to 440), to reach its lowest point since 1996.

  • According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, the violent crime rate rose from 1985 to 1991, peaking at 758 reported violent crimes per 100,000 U.S. residents.

  • Based on the UCR, the violent crime rate in 2014 was the lowest in recent decades, at 362 reported crimes per 100,000 residents, a 52% reduction from the high point in 1991.

  • The 7% increase in the violent crime rate from 2014 to 2016, per the UCR, was the largest increase over a 2-year period in a quarter-century (since the increase from 1989 to 1991).

 

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Public comments requested on the proposed reinstatement and update of BJS data collection: 2020 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until May 12, 2020, on the proposed reinstatement and update of a previously approved data collection: 2020 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey. Your comments on BJS's request to the Office of Management and Budget, which is published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.


Public comments requested on the proposed extension and update of BJS data collection: Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) program

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until May 4, 2020, on the proposed extension and update of a previously approved data collection: Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) program. Your comments on BJS's request to the Office of Management and Budget, which is published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

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