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Data Collection: Inventory of State and Federal Corrections Information Systems
Status: Inactive
Frequency: 1998
Latest data available: 1998

This survey summarizes the data elements maintained by state and federal corrections information systems that track adult, sentenced offenders, and assesses the severity of obstacles in reporting statistical information. Two instruments, an Inventory Questionnaire and an Obstacles Survey, were mailed to Departments of Correction in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Inventory Questionnaire asked 207 questions about data elements describing offenders, 15 questions about elements describing facility management, and 20 questions about the capabilities of the information system to process data electronically. For some elements, questions were asked to determine if more detailed information (subvalues) about the element existed. The Obstacles Survey asked departments to rate the severity of problems they may encounter when processing requests for statistical information. The items were grouped into five categories: legislative and institutional factors, hardware factors, software factors, staffing factors, and data factors. This was a one time collection conducted in 1998.

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Questionnaires

Inventory of State and Federal Corrections Information Systems
1999 PDF (130K)
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Methodology

Telephone interviews were conducted with respondents within the departments of corrections in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  These telephone interviews provided vital background information for the design of the Inventory questionnaires, and also supplemented data  on the capabilities of corrections information systems. In 1998 two surveys, the Inventory of Data Elements in State and Federal Corrections Information Systems (Inventory survey) and the Survey of Retrieval and Query Capacities of Corrections Information Systems (Obstacles survey), were mailed to information officers in 50 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  Urban Institute staff collected, verified, and coded responses.  Data entry and analysis, as well as the preparation of the final report was performed by Urban Institute staff.  All 52 departments responded to the Inventory survey and 51 responded to the Obstacles survey.

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Changes Over Time

One time collection

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Publications & Products

The following publications and products were generated by BJS using data from this collection.

State and Federal Corrections Information Systems Reports on a recently completed inventory of information systems in State and Federal departments of adult corrections. The inventory establishes a basis for improving the capacity to provide comparable data and to facilitate cross-jurisdictional research.
  Executive Summary (PDF 87K) | Executive Summary (ASCII file 33K) | Full Report (PDF 788K) | Full Report (ASCII file 161K) | Chapter 1: Profiling and describing offenders (PDF 54K) | Chapter 1: Profiling and describing offenders (Spreadsheet 4K) | Chapter 2: Committing offenders into correctional authority (PDF 80K) | Chapter 2: Committing offenders into correctional authority (Spreadsheet 11K) | Chapter 3: Managing offenders in corrections facilities (PDF 77K) | Chapter 3: Managing offenders in corrections facilities (Spreadsheet 11K) | Chapter 4: Supervising offenders on release and maintaining public safety (PDF 66K) | Chapter 4: Supervising offenders on release and maintaining public safety (Spreadsheet 7K) | Chapter 5: Facility management information (PDF 27K) | Chapter 5: Facility management information (Spreadsheet 3K) | Chapter 6: Reporting capabilities (PDF 83K) | Chapter 6: Reporting capabilities - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 19K) | Chapter 7: An emprical core (PDF 92K) | Chapter 7: An emprical core - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 17K) | Chapter 8: Using the Inventory report (PDF 30K) | Appendices (PDF 322K) | Appendices - ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 45K) | Codebooks and Datasets


MORGAN Data Management and Crime Analysis System - Executive Summary This document provides an overview of MORGAN, a comprehensive data management and crime analysis system for law enforcement agencies; system features and capabilities are described.
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Part of the Use of Management of Criminal History Record Information Series

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