BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics

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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

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


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