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Data Collection: Expenditure and employment data from other BJS sources
Status: Active
Frequency: Annually since 1980
Latest data available: 2006

The Justice Expenditure and Employment Statistical Extracts series is compiled from the Census Bureaus Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment. The extracts provide estimates of public expenditure and employment data pertaining to justice activities in the United States, including expenditures, employment and payroll for police protection, judicial and legal services, and corrections.

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Data Experts

  • Steven W. Perry, Statistician, BJS
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    Collection Period

    2007

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    Methodology

    The data are compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual surveys of governmental finances and employment. The justice data include the expenditures and employment of the Federal Government, the State governments, and a sample of county, municipal, and township governments.  Unless otherwise noted, data for total governmental expenditures, including justice and non-justice governmental functions, also include the expenditures of special districts and school districts, which generally do not have justice functions.

    The most recent survey sample was selected from the 2002 Census of Local Governments and consists of large units of government (including all 50 States) sampled with certainty and smaller units selected with a probability proportional to the unit’s expenditure.   It was designed to produce state by type of government estimates with a relative standard error of 3 percent or less for total expenditure and state estimates with a relative standard error of 5 percent or less on total expenditure, criminal justice, and other government functions. All other government units were selected into the sample with a probability proportional to their size.

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    Changes Over Time

    The sampling parameters have changed over time, but only for the Finance portion.  In the years 2001 and 2003 the sample size was halved.  The estimates on a state by state level based on the as the modified sample design wouldn't support analyses.  The 2004 sample reverted back to the same methods as the 2000 sample.

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    Publications & Products

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

    Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts, 2007 Presents data from the Census Bureau's Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment.
      Spreadsheet (Zip format 140K)
    Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

    Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts, 2006 Presents data from the Census Bureau's Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment.
      Spreadsheet (Zip format)
    Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

    State Corrections Expenditures - Direct Presents state government direct corrections expenditures for institutions and other corrections agencies for fiscal years 1982-99.
      Download CSV file (Spreadsheet 3K)


    Selected Crime, Criminal Justice, and Demographic Data - 90 Most Populous Counties Selected crime data, as well as data on criminal justice resources and demographic variables, for the 90 most populous counties.
      Download CSV file (Spreadsheet 34K)


    Criminal Justice Resources - 90 Most Populous Counties Selected crime data, as well as data on criminal justice resources and demographic variables, for the 90 most populous counties.
      Download CSV file (Spreadsheet 34K)


    Justice Expenditure and Employment, 1983 These 1983 criminal justice data cover the expenditures and employment of the federal government; the state governments; and a sample of county, municipal, and township governments.
      PDF
    Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

    Expenditure and Employment Data for the Criminal Justice System, 1978 This is the 12th in a series of annual reports on public criminal justice expenditure and employment in the United States.
      PDF


    Expenditure and Employment Data for the Criminal justice System - Summary Report, 1978 - Draft This is the first in an annual series of summary reports to precede publication of the full annual report of expenditure and employment data for the criminal justice system, announced separately.
      PDF


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    Related Topics

  • Employment and Expenditure
  • Corrections | Expenditures/Employment
  • Corrections | Expenditures/Employment | Justice Expenditures and Employment data
  • Corrections | Expenditures/Employment | Prison Expenditures
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