BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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What is the difference between jurisdiction and custody counts?
To have jurisdiction means that an entity has legal authority over a prisoner. To have custody of a ...  Read More

Why do data take so long to collect and publish?
Data collections vary in scope, burden, and frequency of collection - (see individual data collectio...  Read More

What is the difference between jails and prisons?
Jails are locally-operated, short term facilities that hold inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or ...  Read More

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