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New data added to the Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool (PRAT)
This new data analysis tool allows users to calculate recidivism estimates of persons released from state prisons in 2005. The tool defines recidivism as an arrest for a new crime following release. Users may generate monthly cumulative recidivism rates and annual failure rates by—

 —demographic characteristics
 —criminal histories
 —sentence attributes.

Data are from BJS's Recidivism Study of State Prisoners Released in 2005, which tracked a sample of former inmates from 30 states for five years following release in 2005.


Bureau of Justice Statistics announces Jeri Mulrow as Principal Deputy Director

 On January 25, 2016, Jeri Mulrow joined BJS as Principal Deputy Director. She comes to us from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) at the National Science Foundation where she was Deputy Division Director. Jeri has 30 years of experience as an applied statistician working in government, industry, and academia. She has a distinguished career as a statistician both in and out of the federal government. She has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Southern Illinois University, the Statistics of Income Division at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), NORC at the University of Chicago, and Ernst & Young, LLP. Jeri is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and is currently serving a three-year elected term as Vice President of ASA. She has a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Montana State University and a Master's in Statistics from Colorado State University.


BJS announces 60-day notice for proposed new collection: Census of Victim Service Providers (VSP Census)
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until March 11, 2016, on the Census of Victim Service Providers, which will be the first national collection to gather data on the characteristics, functions, and resources of entities that provide assistance to victims of crime or abuse. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address one or more of the following four points —

 —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 information collection, 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.

New BJS Research and Development Papers Series
BJS has established a Research and Development (R&D) Papers series, which details statistical methods that will be applied to analyzing and reporting official findings from BJS's data collection programs. The papers examine the effectiveness of the survey methods currently used by BJS programs, investigate alternative methods to determine their appropriateness and application, recommend approaches for improving the efficiency and quality of the data collections, and present findings. Access the BJS Research and Development Papers series page and read the first paper, Developmental Estimates of Subnational Crime Rates Based on the National Crime Victimization Survey.


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