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Data Collection: Survey of Jails in Indian Country
Status: Active
Frequency: Annually since 1998, excluding 2005 and 2006
Latest data available: 2015

Collects detailed information on confinement facilities, detention centers, jails, and other facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Information is gathered on inmate counts, movements, facility operations, and staff. In selected years (1998, 2004, 2007, and 2011), additional information is collected on facility programs and services, such as medical assessments and mental health screening procedures, inmate work assignments, counseling, and educational programs.

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Data Experts

  • Todd Minton, BJS Statistician
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    Collection Period

    2015

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    Questionnaires

    Survey of Jails in Indian Country
    2015 PDF (334K) | 2014 PDF (21K) | 2013 PDF (243K) | 2012 PDF (93K) | 2011 PDF (79K) | 2010 PDF (150K) | 2009 PDF (55K) | 2008 PDF (54K) | 2007 PDF | 2004 PDF | 2003 PDF | 2002 PDF | 2001 PDF | 2000 PDF
    Survey of Jails in Indian Country, Addendum
    2011 PDF (217K) | 2007 PDF | 2004 PDF
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    Methodology

    The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) annual Survey of Jails in Indian Country (SJIC) includes all Indian country correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the U.S. Department of the Interior's BIA. The survey is designed to describe all adult and juvenile jail facilities and detention centers in Indian country. For this collection, Indian country includes reservations, pueblos, rancherias, and other appropriate areas (18 U.S.C. § 1151).

    BJS annually updates its existing roster of jails in Indian country with faxed questionnaires, follow-up phone calls, and facsimiles from administrators of Indian country jails. The survey universe and response rates have changed over time. A number of facilities have closed and new facilities have been constructed. See table 8 in the report, Jails in Indian Country, 2015, for the Indian country jail survey universe and responses rates for 2004 and from 2007 to 2013. For methodologies prior to the 2004 SJIC, see the Jails in Indian Country series.

     

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    Changes Over Time

    Since beginning in 1998, the SJIC survey instrument has expanded to gather data on inmate admissions offenses, population measurements (e.g., average daily population and offense categories), and inmate health services and facility programs.

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    Publications & Products

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

    Jails in Indian Country, 2015 Describes jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
      Summary (PDF 211K) | PDF (845K) | ASCII file (17K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 41K)
    Part of the Jails in Indian Country Series

    Correctional Populations in the United States, 2014 Presents statistics on persons supervised by adult correctional systems in the United States at yearend 2014, including offenders supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in state or federal prison or local jail.
      PDF (641K) | ASCII file (26K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 48K)
    Part of the Correctional Populations in the United States Series

    Jails in Indian Country, 2014 Presents findings from the 2014 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 79 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
      Press Release | Summary (PDF 210K) | PDF (874K) | ASCII file (23K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 53K)
    Part of the Jails in Indian Country Series

    Correctional Populations in the United States, 2013 Presents statistics on offenders supervised by adult correctional systems in the United States at yearend 2013, including offenders supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in prison or local jail.
      Press Release | PDF (385K) | ASCII file (23K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 36K)
    Part of the Correctional Populations in the United States Series

    Correctional Populations in the United States, 2013 U.S. CORRECTIONAL POPULATION DECLINED BY LESS THAN 1 PERCENT FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
      Press Release
    Part of the Correctional Populations in the United States Series

    Jails in Indian Country, 2013 Presents findings from the 2013 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 79 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
      PDF (847K) | ASCII file (42K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 32K)
    Part of the Jails in Indian Country Series

    Jails in Indian Country, 2012 Presents findings from the 2012 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 79 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
      Press Release | PDF (1M) | ASCII file (22K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format)
    Part of the Jails in Indian Country Series

    Jails in Indian Country, 2012 INDIAN COUNTRY JAIL INMATE POPULATION INCREASED ABOUT SIX PERCENT FOR SECOND INDIAN COUNTRY JAIL INMATE POPULATION INCREASED ABOUT SIX PERCENT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
      Press Release
    Part of the Jails in Indian Country Series

    Jails in Indian Country, 2011 Presents findings from the 2011 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of 80 jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
      Press Release | PDF (1.2M) | ASCII file (23K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 58K)
    Part of the Jails in Indian Country Series

    Jails in Indian Country, 2010 Presents findings from the 2010 Survey of Jails in Indian Country, an enumeration of all jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on June 30, 2010.
      Press Release | PDF (756K) | ASCII file (36K) | Spreadsheets (Zip format 32K)
    Part of the Jails in Indian Country Series

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    Related Topics

  • Corrections
  • Corrections | Local jail inmates and jail facilities
  • Corrections | Special populations
  • Corrections | Local jail inmates and jail facilities | Jail inmate characteristics
  • Corrections | Special populations | Jails in Indian Country
  • Indian Country Justice Statistics
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