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Publication State and Federal Corrections Information Systems

August 1, 1998    NCJ 170016

Reports on a recently completed inventory of information systems in State and Federal departments of adult corrections intended to establish a basis for improving the capacity to provide comparable data and to facilitate cross-jurisdictional research. Conducted by the Urban Institute, the study addresses concerns raised by the State-Federal Committee of the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) about the absence of common definitions of corrections performance measures and lack of knowledge about what correctional information systems actually contain. The report organizes 207 offender-based data elements into four stages of corrections processing and then into 28 groupings of relatively homogeneous elements.

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)
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