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Data Collection: National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS)
Status: Active
Frequency: 2008
Latest data available: 2008

The National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS) is part of the BJS National Prison Rape Statistics Program, which gathers mandated data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79). The Act requires the collection of information from former inmates on any experiences of sexual assault while incarcerated. Data are collected directly from inmates in a private setting using Audio Computer-Assisted Self Interview (ACASI) technology with a touch-screen laptop and an audio feed to maximize inmate confidentiality and minimize literacy issues. The sample includes more than 18,500 interviews with former inmates on active parole supervision in over 330 parole offices.

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Collection Period

2008

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Questionnaires

NFPS ACASI Instrument
2008 PDF (243K)
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Methodology

The National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS) was conducted between January 2008 and October 2008. The data were collected by the NORC at the University of Chicago under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Statistics. A total of 317 total parole offices in 40 states were included in the survey sample. Within each of the sampled offices, respondents were selected at random from rosters of eligible former prisoners. A total of 17,738 former state prisoners under active supervision participated in the survey. An additional 788 former prisoners were included from survey test offices. These former inmates had been randomly selected from 16 sampled offices. Based on 18,526 completed interviews, the survey achieved a 61% response rate.

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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.

PREA Data Collection Activities, 2012 The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79) requires the Attorney General to submit to Congress, not later than June 30 of each year, a report on the activities of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) for the preceding calendar year.
  PDF (388K) | ASCII file (23K)
Part of the PREA Data Collection Activities Series

Sexual Victimization Reported by Former State Prisoners, 2008 Presents data on sexual victimization experienced by former state prisoners during their prior term of incarceration, including any time served in a local jail, state prison, or postrelease community-correctional facility.
  Press Release | PDF (1.4M) | ASCII file (118K) | CSV (Zip format 123K)


PREA Data Collection Activities, 2011 The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79) requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to carry out, for each calendar year, a comprehensive statistical review of the incidence and effects of prison rape in randomly selected federal, state, and county correctional facilities.
  PDF (470KB) | ASCII file (14KB)
Part of the PREA Data Collection Activities Series

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Related Topics

  • Corrections
  • Corrections | Local jail inmates and jail facilities
  • Corrections | State and federal prisoners and prison facilities
  • Corrections | Special populations
  • Corrections | Community Corrections (Probation and Parole)
  • Corrections | Prison Rape Elimination Act
  • Corrections | Local jail inmates and jail facilities | Jail inmate characteristics
  • Corrections | Local jail inmates and jail facilities | Local jail facility characteristics
  • Corrections | State and federal prisoners and prison facilities | Prison inmate characteristics
  • Corrections | State and federal prisoners and prison facilities | State and federal prison facility characteristics
  • Corrections | State and federal prisoners and prison facilities | Special topics
  • Corrections | Community Corrections (Probation and Parole) | Parole
  • Corrections | Community Corrections (Probation and Parole) | Special topics
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