Violent crime against young adult males has increased, but there has been no “statistically significant change” in the overall number of Americans who experienced violent crime, according to the most recent estimates from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
A 15-member panel assembled by the National Academy of Sciences said Wednesday that current statistics collection has left gaps in data about many offenses affecting American life today. It also recommended that the government consider centralizing the control of collecting crime statistics.
A study released June 22 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) revealed that 14 percent of state and federal prisoners and 26 percent of jail inmates reported experiences that met the threshold for serious psychological distress (SPD).
A total of one in 53 U.S. adults were under “community supervision” at the end of last year, according to a new federal report. The country had about 4.7 million parolees and probationers, a figure that is more than twice as high as the total of prison and jail inmates, which was more than 2.2 million.
Allegations of sexual victimization in juvenile correctional institutions increased by as much as 18 percent in state facilities and as much as 60 percent in local and private facilities from 2011 to 2012, according to a report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The nation’s inmate count declined one percent last year, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The federal prison system accounted for about one-third of the decrease, amid a drive to reduce the sentence lengths for some drug offenders. Overall, there were 1,561,500 prisoners at the end of 2014. With approximately 745,000 people also held in local jails as of midyear 2014, the national total behind bars is about 2.3 million—making the U.S. the world leader in incarceration. Many […]
Prison population counts and other data for correctional facilities are now easily accessible online via a new feature on the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) website. The Key Statistics data analysis tool released yesterday will provide access to trend data from BJS's core collections on U.S. correctional facilities including statistics on offenders held in state prisons, federal prisons, and local jails, and those supervised in the community through probation or parole agencies. Trend data on executions are also included. Each […]
The number of inmates who died in state prisons and local jails increased for third year in a row in 2013, according to a report from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The total number of inmate deaths, 4,446, was the highest number since BJS began tracking the number in 2007. In 2012, there were 131 fewer deaths in state prisons and local jails. More than a third (34 percent) of deaths reported to BJS were due to suicide, […]
About one-third of all local police departments used body-worn cameras for at least some officers in 2013, according to a survey by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). The 2013 survey was the edition of the BJS Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics survey was the first time the agency asked about body-worn cameras, so there is no indication of how those results compare to previous years. Current figures may actually be much higher, because in the time since […]