BJS http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm Latest publications, products and solicitations Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:05:59 GMT National Sources of Law Enforcement Employment Data http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5600 (Publication) <br /> This report describes and compares three law enforcement employment data sources: 1) the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, 2) the Census Bureau's Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll (ASPEP), and 3) the Bureau of Justice Statistics' Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA). <br /> 4/26/2016, NCJ 249681, Duren Banks, Joshua Hendrix, <em>RTI International</em>, Matthew Hickman, <em>Seattle University</em>, Tracey Kyckelhahn, <em>United States Sentencing Commission</em> Assessing Inmate Cause of Death: Deaths in Custody Reporting Program and National Death Index http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5601 (Publication) <br /> Provides a technical review of the coverage and quality of inmate cause of death data collected under BJS's Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP). <br /> 4/21/2016, NCJ 249568, Ingrid Binswanger, M.D., BJS Visiting Fellow, Patrick Blatchford, Ph.D., Colorado School of Public Health, E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., BJS Statistician, Chris Ellis, RTI International, Margaret Noonan, BJS Statistician, Hope Smiley-McDonald, Ph.D., RTI International, Zhen Zeng, Ph.D, BJS Statistician 2016 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Implementation Assistance Program: Phase III - Support for Large Local Agencies http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> BJS seeks proposals from local law enforcement (LE) agencies with 750 or more sworn officers that were selected for the sample of agencies included in the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) to report incident-based crime data to the FBI's NIBRS, either through their state NIBRS-certified UCR Program or directly to the FBI. BJS has partnered with the FBIs CJIS Division, which established and maintains the NIBRS program, for this project. The FBI has formally announced its intention to establish NIBRS as the LE crime data reporting standard for the nation, with a complementary plan to retire the Summary Reporting System (SRS) of the UCR Program. This will result in a large increase in the number of local LE agencies reporting incident-based data to the state UCR Program and to the FBI. The typical mechanism by which a local agency contributes data to NIBRS is through its "state pipeline," where agencies report their state-specific incident-based crime data to the NIBRS-certified UCR Program in their respective state, and the state agency then sends the data from all of the state's contributing agencies to the FBI. The FBI advocates the use of the state pipeline for crime data reporting, a view that BJS supports. For instances in which the state is not able to receive incident-based data from local LE agencies, the FBI is willing to receive the incident-based data directly from the local agencies until the state pipeline is in place. The plan to transition local agencies to incident-based reporting (IBR) requires that local LE agencies work closely with the state UCR Program to ensure the incident-based data submitted by local agencies meet the requirements of the state program. Enhancing the ability of the largest LE agencies in the nation (those with 750 or more sworn officers) to submit incident-based data to their state UCR Program or to the FBI directly is an effort jointly supported by BJS and the FBI's CJIS Division. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 10, 2016. FY 2016 Continuation of the Federal Justice Statistics Program http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is announcing a public solicitation for the continuation of the Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP). The FJSP is managed by BJS and serves as the national clearinghouse of administrative federal criminal case processing data. Under this program, administrative data are received from six federal justice agencies each year and are standardized, maintained, linked, analyzed, and archived by the contractor (currently under Award #2013-MU-CX-K057). The FJSP produces annual, cross-sectional data files (standard analysis files or SAFs) that represent the stages from arrest and prosecution through pretrial release, adjudication, sentencing, appeals, and corrections. The improved availability of identifiers in federal data sources allows for the systematic linking of case information across justice agencies for statistical reporting. The dyad link files are a FJSP resource that enables analysis of linked cross-sectional cohorts of suspects and defendants as their matters or cases move through the federal criminal justice system.<p> The FJSP is a resource for studying a variety of topics in the federal criminal justice system. Statistics generated from the FJSP help inform and shape federal criminal justice policy, reflect the performance of federal justice agencies, and inform debates about federal criminal justice policy and budget allocation decisions. Tasks under this award will include receiving 2016 to 2020 datasets from six federal agencies, converting data into SAF format using SAS statistical software code, ensuring data quality and confidentiality standards, and updating the dyad link files to include all available data. The recipient will provide technical assistance to BJS and others who use FJSP data and will update and expand the BJS federal online query tool. The recipient will also prepare and submit public-use data files and codebooks to the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). For each year of the project, and with BJS's approval, the recipient of funds will produce two special reports on issues of timely substantive importance and a working paper on a methodological topic to improve the statistical measurement of the federal response to crime. The successful applicant will receive all relevant data, computer code, and documentation developed to date by the FJSP to create the SAFs, dyad link files, the BJS online query tool, and files submitted to NACJD. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 6, 2016. National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC-3) 2017 - 18 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> On September 4, 2003, President George W. Bush signed the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-79). The act requires BJS to "carry out, for each calendar year, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape." The act further instructs BJS to collect survey data: "...the Bureau shall...use surveys and other statistical studies of current and former inmates...." The law was passed in part to overcome a shortage of available research on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence in correctional facilities. To implement the act, BJS developed the National Prison Rape Statistics Program (NPRS), which includes four separate data collection efforts: the Survey on Sexual Violence (SSV), National Inmate Survey (NIS), National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), and National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS). <p> Each of these collections is independent and, while not directly comparable, they provide measures of the prevalence and characteristics of sexual assault in correctional facilities. The SSV collects information about incidents of sexual violence reported to and investigated by adult and juvenile correctional authorities and characteristics of substantiated incidents. The NIS collects allegations of sexual assault self-reported by adult and juvenile inmates in correctional facilities. The NSYC gathers self-reported sexual assault data from youth in juvenile correctional facilities. The NFPS measures allegations of sexual assault experienced during a person's last incarceration, as reported by former inmates under active supervision. <p> This award will provide funding through a cooperative agreement for a collection agent to administer the third round of the NSYC (NSYC-3). Project activities include drawing a national sample of state-operated juvenile facilities and locally or privately operated facilities that house adjudicated youth under state contract; administering the survey to sampled youth in these facilities; and conducting all data collection, analyses, and reporting activities. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 13, 2016. 2016 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Implementation Assistance Program: Phase II - Support for State Programs http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> In connection with its National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks proposals from state Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Programs to expand the state's capacity to report incident-based crime data to the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). BJS has partnered with the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division, which established and maintains the NIBRS program, for this project. The FBI has formally announced its intention to establish NIBRS as the law enforcement (LE) crime data reporting standard for the nation, with a complementary plan to retire the Summary Reporting System (SRS) of the UCR Program. This will result in an increase in the number of local LE agencies reporting data to NIBRS. The typical mechanism by which a local agency contributes data to NIBRS is through its "state pipeline," where agencies report their incident-based crime data to the NIBRS-certified UCR Program in their respective state, and then the state agency sends data from all of the state's contributing agencies to the FBI. The FBI advocates the use of the state pipeline for crime data reporting, and BJS supports this. Transitioning local agencies to NIBRS reporting requires the state pipeline to be enhanced, to ensure state UCR Programs are capable of receiving and processing local incident-based crime data. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 3, 2016. Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC) http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI), formerly known as the Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, collects and analyzes data from state and federal prisoners and produces national statistics of the U.S. prison population. BJS is seeking an agent to implement the Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC) project. The SPISSC will provide scientific and technical support for statistical and methodological research, statistical analyses, data linkage, documentation, and dissemination services in support of the SPI. It will also enhance the utility and relevance of BJS's statistical reporting program from the SPI and other federal sources of data that complement the SPI; increase the use of SPI data by various stakeholders, including by researchers to focus on key challenges in the correctional field and strategies for dealing with them; and provide nonstatistical audiences with translational products to increase the use of these statistics by the larger community of stakeholders and practitioners. The SPISSC will assist BJS in expanding its capacity to analyze SPI data and leverage administrative records to supplement the survey data, document the analyses and expand on the survey documentation, and increase the understanding and use of the SPI data by the broader research and stakeholder communities, therefore increasing the breadth of substantive issues that the SPI addresses. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 10, 2016. FY 2016 BJS Faculty Research Fellowship Program in Criminal Justice Statistics http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> Through this competitive solicitation, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking a professional or scholarly society to administer a BJS-sponsored Faculty Research Fellowship Program. This fellowship program aims to increase the pool of researchers who use criminal justice statistical data generated by BJS, thereby contributing solutions that better prevent and control crime and help ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. The research fellowships envisioned will be relatively small-scale projects that can be completed within 6 months. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 1, 2016. FY 2016 BJS Visiting Fellows: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications to fund one or more BJS Visiting Fellows to work in its Criminal Justice Statistics Programs. The purpose of this program is to address substantive, methodological, and analytic issues to enhance or inform BJS statistical programs; support the scholarly use of BJS data collections; and expand the body of policy-relevant research that uses these data to further knowledge about and understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system. <p> Under section 302 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, BJS is authorized to "make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with, public agencies, institutions of higher education, private organizations, or private individuals" for purposes of collecting and analyzing criminal justice statistics or programs. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 23, 2016. Survey of Public Defenders: A Design Study (SPDDS) http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> BJS is seeking applications for funding to design a data collection program that surveys public defenders. This study will continue BJS's efforts to collect data on indigent defense in the United States. It will extend efforts of the Census of Public Defender Offices (CPDO) and National Survey of Indigent Defense Providers (NSIDS) to enhance understanding of the work done by public defenders. While the CPDO and NSIDS were conducted at the agency level, the proposed new data collection effort will survey the public defenders who provide services to adults and juveniles charged with a criminal offense. <p> The successful applicant will produce (1) a report documenting the information need of the field that could be served by a survey of public defenders and (2) a report proposing a sampling plan to yield nationally representative statistics. Based on these reports, the successful applicant will design and test a survey instrument that provides information on a range of topics (e.g., provider demographics, professional background, caseloads, case outcomes, support services, needs, and emerging issues). <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 23, 2016. Comparisons of Criminal History Information Systems in the United States and Other Nations (CCHIS) http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> The criminal history information system is maintained in the United States by tens of thousands of law enforcement agencies, courts, corrections systems, and state and federal repositories. It is used as a primary information resource by criminal justice professionals for a wide variety of reasons, by others to conduct background checks, and by researchers to understand the nature of criminal careers and the effect of interventions on criminal behavior. Little is known about how the criminal history system in the United States compares with those in other industrialized nations. This project will help fill this information gap and provide insight into potential improvements of the U.S. system. <p> Under section 302 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, BJS is authorized to "provide for improvements in the accuracy, quality, timeliness, immediate accessibility, and integration of State and tribal criminal history and related records, and support statistical research for critical analysis of the improvement and utilization of criminal history records." That statute also authorizes BJS to "make grants to, or enter into cooperative agreements or contracts with public agencies, institutions of higher education, private organizations, or private individuals" for purposes of collecting and analyzing criminal justice statistics. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2016. FY 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking applications under its Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program. This program provides awards to accredited universities for doctoral research that uses criminal justice data or statistical series and focuses on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics. BJS invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to complete doctoral degree programs successfully in disciplines relevant to the mission of BJS, and who are in the final stages of graduate study. The primary goal of this solicitation is to increase the pool of researchers using criminal justice statistical data generated by BJS, thereby contributing solutions that better prevent and control crime and help ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. <p> Applicant institutions sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply only if the doctoral research dissertation has direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. BJS encourages institutions to consider doctoral students from social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, or statistics for their applications. Applicant institutions are strongly encouraged to sponsor minority and female student candidates. Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions in the form of a grant to cover a doctoral student fellowship. Awards are anticipated to be made to successful applicant institutions on behalf of the sponsored doctoral student. Awards will not exceed the amount of $45,000. Awarded funds are to be used to cover all allowable expenses over the project period. Additional funds will not be provided. If the doctoral student's dissertation is not completed and delivered to BJS within 5 years from the date of the fellowship award, the academic institution may be required to return the full award amount to BJS. The Director of BJS will make final award decisions. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Monday, May 2, 2016. FY 2016 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is publishing this notice to announce the continuation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements.<p> The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-180 (NIAA or the Act), was signed into law on January 8, 2008, in the wake of the April 2007 shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech shooter was able to purchase firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) because information about his prohibiting mental health history was not available to the NICS, and the system was therefore unable to deny the transfer of the firearms used in the shootings. The NIAA seeks to address the gap in information available to NICS about such prohibiting mental health adjudications and commitments, and other prohibiting factors. Filling these information gaps will better enable the system to operate as intended to keep guns out of the hands of persons prohibited by federal or state law from receiving or possessing firearms. The automation of records will also reduce delays for law- abiding persons to purchase firearms. <br /> All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 10, 2016. Survey of Sexual Violence in Juvenile Correctional Facilities, 2007&ndash;2012 - Statistical Tables http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5559 (Publication) <br /> Presents jurisdiction- and facility-level counts of allegations and substantiated incidents of nonconsensual sexual acts, abusive sexual contact, staff sexual misconduct, and staff sexual harassment reported by juvenile correctional authorities from 2007 to 2012. <br /> 1/28/2016, NCJ 249143, Allen J. Beck, Ramona R. Rantala, <em>BJS Statisticians</em> Sexual Victimization Reported by Juvenile Correctional Authorities, 2007&ndash;12 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5560 (Publication) <br /> Presents national estimates of nonconsensual sexual acts, abusive sexual contacts, staff sexual misconduct, and staff sexual harassment reported by correctional authorities in state juvenile correctional systems and local and private juvenile correctional facilities from 2007 to 2012. <br /> 1/28/2016, NCJ 249145, Allen J. Beck, Romana R. Rantala, <em>BJS Statisticians</em> Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Final Technical Report http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5540 (Publication) <br /> Presents the results of a nine-school pilot test that was conducted to develop a campus climate survey that collects school-level data on sexual victimization of undergraduate students. <br /> 1/20/2016, NCJ 249545, Marcus Berzofsky, <em>RTI International</em>, Christopher Krebs, <em>RTI International</em>, Lynn Langton, <em>Bureau of Justice Statistics</em>, Christine Lindquist, <em>RTI International</em>, Kimberly Peterson, <em>RTI International</em>, Michael Planty, <em>Bureau of Justice Statistics</em>, Bonnie Shook-Sa, <em>RTI International</em>, Jessica Stroop, <em>Bureau of Justice Statistics</em> Correctional Populations in the United States, 2014 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5519 (Publication) <br /> Presents statistics on persons supervised by adult correctional systems in the United States at yearend 2014, including offenders supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in state or federal prison or local jail. <br /> 12/29/2015, NCJ 249513, Lauren Glaze, Danielle Kaeble, Todd Minton, Anastasios Tsoutis, <em>BJS Statisticians</em> Assessing the Coverage and Reliability of Subnational Geographic Identifiers in the NCVS Public-Use File http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5520 (Publication) <br /> Examines the coverage and reliability of the NCVS sample in the subnational geographic areas that can be created from the public-use files by combining Census region, population size, and urbanicity. <br /> 12/28/2015, NCJ 249467, Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., Philip Lee, B.S., Bonnie E. Shook-Sa, M.A.S., <em> RTI International</em> Evaluation of Direct Variance Estimation, Estimate Reliability, and Confidence Intervals for the National Crime Victimization Survey http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5521 (Publication) <br /> Examines the feasibility of using direct variance estimation for the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). <br /> 12/28/2015, NCJ 249242, Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., Lance Couzens, B.S., David Heller, M.S., Chris Krebs, Ph.D., Bonnie E. Shook-Sa, M.A.S., Hope Smiley-McDonald, Ph.D., Rick Williams, Ph.D., <em> RTI International</em> Developmental Estimates of Subnational Crime Rates Based on the National Crime Victimization Survey http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5499 (Publication) <br /> Presents rates of violent and property crime victimization for the 50 states and select metropolitan statistical areas, generated using smallarea estimation (SAE) methods. <br /> 12/17/2015, NCJ 249238, Mamadou Diallo, Robert E. Fay, <em>Westat</em> Disabilities Among Prison and Jail Inmates, 2011&ndash;12 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5500 (Publication) <br /> Presents the prevalence of disabilities among prison and jail inmates, detailing the prevalence of six specific disability types: hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, and independent living. <br /> 12/14/2015, NCJ 249151, Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., <em>RTI International</em>, Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D., Laura Maruschak, <em>BJS Statisticians</em> Census of Jails: Population Changes, 1999&ndash;2013 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5480 (Publication) <br /> Presents state-level estimates of the number of inmates confined in local jails at year end 2013, by sex, race, and Hispanic origin. <br /> 12/8/2015, NCJ 248627, Susan M. Brumbaugh, <em>RTI International</em>, Scott Ginder, <em>RTI International</em>, Todd D. Minton, BJS Statistician, Harley Rohloff, <em>RTI International</em>, Hope Smiley-McDonald, <em>RTI International</em> Veterans in Prison and Jail, 2011&ndash;2012 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5479 (Publication) <br /> Presents counts and rates of veterans in state and federal prison and local jail in 2011 and 2012. <br /> 12/7/2015, NCJ 249144, Marcus Berzofsky, Dr.P.H., RTI International, Jennifer Bronson, Ph.D., E. Ann Carson, Ph.D., Margaret Noonan, BJS Statisticians Probation and Parole in the United States, 2014 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5415 (Publication) <br /> Presents data on adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole in 2014. <br /> 11/19/2015, NCJ 249057, Thomas P. Bonczar, Danielle Kaeble, Laura Maruschak, <em>BJS Statisticians</em> Police Use of Nonfatal Force, 2002&ndash;11 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5456 (Publication) <br /> Presents data on the threat or use of nonfatal force by police against white, black, and Hispanic residents during police contact. <br /> 11/14/2015, NCJ 249216, Elizabeth Davis, Shelley Hyland, Ph.D., Lynn Langton, Ph.D., <em>BJS Statisticians</em>