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Report: Time Served in State Prison, 2016

 

Time Served in State Prison, 2016

• The average time served by state prisoners released in 2016, from initial admission to initial release, was 2.6 years, and the median time served was 1.3 years.
 
• Most violent offenders (57%) released from state prison in 2016 served less than 3 years.
 
• 96% of violent offenders released in 2016, including 70% of those sentenced for murder or non-negligent manslaughter, served less than 20 years before initial release from state prison.
 
• Roughly 1 in 5 state prisoners released in 2016 after being sentenced for rape or sexual assault served 10 or more years before initial release.
 

 

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BJS proposes a new data collection: Census of Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies (CTLEA)

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until March 2, 2019, on a new data collection: Census of Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies (CTLEA). Your comments to BJS's request to the Office of Management and Budget, 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.

 


BJS proposes reinstatement and update of two data collections: Census of State and Federal Adult Correctional Facilities and 2018 Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices

BJS encourages public comments for 60 days until February 11, 2019, on the reinstatement and update of two previously approved data collections: Census of State and Federal Adult Correctional Facilities and 2018 Census of Medical Examiner and Coroner Offices. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget, 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.

 


Justice Department awards $64 million to improve state criminal record systems

The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics (a component of the Office of Justice Programs) has awarded more than $64 million to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2018 to improve the completeness, quality, and accessibility of the nation's criminal record systems. Read the full press release here.

 


Justice Department awards $49 million to improve collection of crime data reported to police

BJS will award more than $49 million to states and local law enforcement agencies to help them transition to the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This is the largest single-year amount ever awarded for this project. Read the full press release here.


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