BJS Hopes For Sub-National Crime Data Reports


The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics plans a redesign of the National Crime Victimization Survey, including an increase in sample sizes and production of more data on crime at sub-national levels, acting BJS director Michael Sinclair told the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics. The address was reported by the Consortium of Social Science Associations.

The Obama administration is seeking $15 million from Congress to upgrade the survey, which was recommended by a National Academy of Sciences panel. The consotrium says the House and Senate have agreed to include this funding, but in the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill, “the overall number for BJS would provide very little funding for anything else the agency does.” Sinclair said the survey’s redesign probably would not occur until 2013.

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