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Overview: Criminal Justice Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts reimbursable projects for the two U.S. Department of Justice agencies: Bureau of Justice Statistics and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The U.S. Census Bureau acts as a data collection agent to provide statistical data on a range of topics including probation, parole, inmate sexual violence, inmate deaths, criminal justice expenditures, and a variety of facility data.

Once the data are provided to the U.S. Department of Justice, it is used for a wide range of purposes including research, evaluation, policy development, legislative action, program creation, and funding allotment as well as other processes.

Guide to Data Collections from the U.S. Census Bureau

Sponsor Survey Title Frequency Description
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Annual Survey Of Jails Annual Sample survey of the key characteristics of jails and inmates within selected jurisdictions
Census of Jails Five Years Census of inmate counts by legal status, race, sex, facility capacity, staffing and programs
Census of State and Federal Correctional Facilities Five Years Census of state and federal correctional facilities
Criminal Justice Expenditures and Employment Extracts Annual Data extract providing details of large government units and custom tabulations for publication
National Prisoner Statistics Annual & Semi-annual Census of adults in state and federal correctional facilities
Survey on Sexual Violence Annual Sample survey of occurrences of sexual violence in both adult and juvenile facilities
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement Biennial Census of indvidual level data on delinquent young persons held in residential facilities
Juvenile Residential Facility Census Biennial Census of the characteristics of juvenile residential facilities
National Juvenile Justice Directory Program Continually Ongoing Listing of juvenile justice agencies in the United States

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Criminal Justice Statistics | |  Last Revised: March 29, 2012