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Corrections-related expenditure data are available from the Justice Assistance Data Survey (formerly Justice Expenditure and Employment Survey). Data on staffing is also collected in the Census of Jails and Census of State and Federal Correctional Facilities. See Data Collections & Surveys for more information. Both data collections face challenges in differing definitions between jurisdictions and in the ability to report full information – BJS notes known differences in resulting publications and tables.

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Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts, 2009 - Final Presents data from the Census Bureau's Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment.
  Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 68K) | Historical Overview (ASCII file 4K) | Definitions of Terms and Concepts (ASCII file 30K) | Methodology (ASCII file 15K) | Comparability issues (ASCII file 21K)
Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts, 2010 - Final Presents data from the Census Bureau's Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment.
  Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 68K) | Historical Overview (ASCII file 4K) | Definitions of Terms and Concepts (ASCII file 30K) | Methodology (ASCII file 15K) | Comparability issues (ASCII file 21K)
Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts, 2011 - Preliminary Presents data from the Census Bureau's Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment.
  Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 68K) | Historical Overview (ASCII file 4K) | Definitions of Terms and Concepts (ASCII file 30K) | Methodology (ASCII file 15K) | Comparability issues (ASCII file 21K)
Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

Local Government Corrections Expenditures, FY 2005-2011 Presents data on local government corrections expenditures from fiscal years 2005 to 2011.
  PDF (870K) | ASCII file (15K) | Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 23K)
Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts, 2010 - Preliminary Presents data from the Census Bureau's Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment.
  Comma-delimited format (CSV) (Zip format 68K) | Historical Overview (ASCII file 4K) | Definitions of Terms and Concepts (ASCII file 30K) | Methodology (ASCII file 15K) | Comparability issues (ASCII file 21K)
Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

Number of employees in correctional facilities under state or federal authority, by occupational category, December 30, 2005 Appendix Table 13 from Census of State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2005
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Number of inmates, employees, and inmate-to-staff ratios in correctional facilities under state or federal authority, June 30, 2000, and December 30, 2005 Appendix Table 14 from Census of State and Federal Correctional Facilities, 2005
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Justice Expenditure and Employment Extracts, 2005 Presents data from the Census Bureau's Annual Government Finance Survey and Annual Survey of Public Employment.
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Part of the Justice Expenditure and Employment Series

State Prison Expenditures, 2001 Presents comparative data on the cost of operating the Nation's State prisons. The study is based on institutional corrections elements of the Fiscal 2001 Survey of Government Finances which State budget officers reported to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  PDF (197K) | ASCII file (42K) | ZIP Format (Spreadsheet 53K) | To order paper version
Part of the State Prison Expenditures Series

Justice Expenditure and Employment in the United States "Nation spends $167 billion on criminal and civil justice services: Since 1982, Justice expenditures average 8 Percent growth annually"
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