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2017

04/11/2017

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes data collection extension for Firearm Inquiry Statistics Program: Annual Survey of Background Checks for Firearm Transfers and Permits

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until March 27, 2017, on the extension of a previously approved collection: Firearm Inquiry Statistics (FIST) Program's Annual Survey of Background Checks for Firearm Transfers and Permits. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

04/11/2017

BJS's acting director highlighted in Forbes article on women leading government data and analytics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Acting Director Jeri Mulrow was named in a recent Forbes article, "Get To Know 25 Women Leading Data And Analytics In The US Government." The article notes that "the people behind our vast resources of government data are often women."

 

Since March 2016, Jeri has overseen BJS's data collection and analysis on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. She is also a fellow and vice president of the American Statistical Association.

04/11/2017

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes data collection extension for National Prisoner Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until April 11, 2017, on the extension of a currently approved collection: National Prisoner Statistics. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

02/27/2017

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes new data collection on prosecutor offices serving tribal lands and reinstatement of data collection on state and local law enforcement agencies serving tribal lands

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until February 21, 2017, on the proposed new data collection: Census of Prosecutor Offices Serving Tribal Lands. BJS also encourages comments for 60 days until February 21, 2017, on the reinstatement of the previously approved data collection: Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Serving Tribal Lands. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

• whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
• the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
• whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
• the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

02/27/2017

Apply Now: BJS supervisory statistician vacancy announced

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking a supervisory statistician to oversee the Statistical Collections Division, which consists of the Victimization, Law Enforcement, Prosecution and Judicial, and Corrections statistical units. Job duties will include—

• providing leadership and direction to a professional staff contributing advances in the area of survey and sample design, data collection methodologies, computational statistics, and analytic techniques
• directing the performance of methodological research for the development of new surveys or substantial redesigns of existing data collections
• developing methodology used for data collection and processing.

The full job announcement and how to apply is available online.

02/03/2017

2015 data added to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) API

The NCVS API provides criminal victimization data from a nationally representative sample of about 90,000 households and 160,000 persons annually. Data are available on—

• personal victimization (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, and personal theft)
• household victimization (household burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft).

Users can analyze victimization counts, rates, and percentages by selected victim, household, and incident characteristics, and crimes reported and not reported to police. The NCVS provides the largest national forum for victims to describe crime in the United States.

02/03/2017

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes revision of data collection on state criminal history information systems and extension of data collection on sexual victimization

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 30 days until January 5, 2017, on the revision of a currently approved collection: 2014-2016 Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems. BJS also encourages comments for 60 days until February 6, 2017, on an extension of a currently approved collection: 2016-2018 Survey of Sexual Victimization (SSV). Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

• whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
• the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
• whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
• the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

01/10/2017

BJS's victimization unit chief receives Young Career Award

The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) Victimization Unit Chief Lynn Langton received the 2016 White-Collar Crime Research Consortium (WCCRC) Young Career Award at the American Society of Criminology Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to scholarship on white-collar crime by persons early in their professional career. Select members of the WCCRC, which was founded by and is partially maintained by the White Collar Crime Center, choose recipients based on a single work or for a series of contributions.

2016

11/09/2016

Apply Now: BJS statistician vacancy announced

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking a statistician to carry out data collections in the areas of criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. Job duties will include—
  • performing various statistical collection activities, such as preparing, processing, and coordinating periodic and core collection requirements
  • ensuring the effective collection of statistical data and the use of appropriate collection systems
  • analyzing and reporting information from statistical programs.

The full job announcement and how to apply for it is available online.

10/20/2016

Apply Now: BJS supervisory statistician vacancy announced

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking a supervisory statistician to carry out data collections in law enforcement, prosecution and courts, and institutional research and special projects. Job duties will include—
• performing various statistical collection activities, such as preparing, processing, and coordinating periodic and core collection requirements
• ensuring the effective collection of statistical data and the use of appropriate collection systems
• supervising a group of statisticians.

The full job announcement and how to apply for it is available online.

09/30/2016

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes new data collection on arrest-related deaths

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until October 3, 2016, on a proposed new data collection: Arrest-Related Deaths Program. Your comments to BJS's collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—
• whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
• the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
• whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
• the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

09/30/2016

Apply Now: BJS grants management specialist vacancy announced

BJS is seeking a grants management specialist to function as a justice statistics policy analyst and support the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative. Job duties will include—
• providing program support to the BJS NCS-X program manager in the production of research agendas, draft concept papers, and solicitations
• performing grant management and programmatic oversight tasks in support of the NCS-X program
• coordinating, managing, and evaluating the effectiveness of agency grant and/or cooperative agreement programs and projects.

The full job announcement and how to apply for it is available online.

09/30/2016

Apply Now: BJS statistician vacancies available

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking highly motivated individuals to fill the role of statistician. Two statistician positions will work primarily on statistical collections in the area of institutional and community corrections, while a third position will work primarily on statistical collections in the area of prosecution and adjudication. The fourth position will perform assignments for OJP's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Job duties include—
• consulting and collaborating with criminal justice agency representatives
• preparing, processing, and coordinating periodic and core collection requirements
• ensuring the effective collection of statistical data and the use of appropriate collection systems
• analyzing and reporting information from statistical programs.

The full job announcement and how to apply is available online.

09/15/2016

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes revision of data collection on NCVS school crime supplement

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until August 29, 2016, on the revision of a currently approved collection: 2017 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—
  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

09/15/2016

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes extension of data collection on capital punishment

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until August 23, 2016, on an extension of a currently approved collection: Capital Punishment Report of Inmates Under Sentence of Death. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—
  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

07/11/2016

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes new data collection on state criminal investigative agencies on law enforcement use of force

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until July 5, 2016, on a new data collection: Survey of State Criminal Investigative Agencies on Law Enforcement Use of Force. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—
— whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
— the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
— whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
— the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

07/11/2016

Correction: Completion date for FY 2016 Continuation of the Federal Justice Statistics Program Solicitation

The performance period for this project is 60 months (5 years), beginning on October 1, 2016. The planned completion date has been corrected to September 30, 2021. Click here to apply and learn more about the funding opportunity, deadlines, and eligibility requirements.

07/11/2016

BJS's correctional health data highlighted in American Jails magazine

The May/June issue of American Jails magazine features Bureau of Justice Statistics' data that detail health profiles of jail inmates, including —

— medical conditions
— mental health problems
— disabilities
— mortality.

Visit the American Jail Association's website to read the full article.

05/20/16

Apply Now: BJS supervisory statistician vacancies announcement extended to May 20

The Bureau of Justice Statistics is seeking highly motivated statisticians to fill the role of supervisory statistician. The positions involve—

  1. initiating, formulating, planning, and executing one or more statistical series or statistical programs
  2. analyzing and reporting information from statistical programs
  3. supervising statisticians working up to the GS-14 level providing the administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing their work
  4. representing BJS before a wide variety of stakeholders at the national, state, and local levels
  5. maintaining, enhancing, and expanding major statistical series and programs to ensure that the knowledge created from them has utility and relevance to stakeholders and that collections are implemented in ways that maintain the trust and confidence of the data providers.

BJS is looking for candidates with a wide range of knowledge and experience across all operational aspects of survey research, data collection, and statistical analysis applicable to all levels of government. In particular, BJS seeks candidates who can effectively maintain existing programs and develop new statistical collections in the areas of law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, and adjudication.

04/22/16

Director Sabol has left BJS; Jeri Mulrow is serving as Acting Director

William J. Sabol has departed as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) for a position in the private sector. Jeri M. Mulrow is now serving as Acting Director of BJS. Jeri joined BJS in January 2016 as the Principal Deputy Director. Prior to coming to BJS, she was the Deputy Division Director for the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) at the National Science Foundation. She has 30 years of experience as an applied statistician working in government, industry, and academia. Jeri is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and is currently serving a 3-year elected term as Vice President of ASA. She has a bachelor’s in Mathematics from Montana State University and a master’s in Statistics from Colorado State University.

03/14/16

New data added to the Prisoner Recidivism Analysis Tool (PRAT)

This new data analysis tool allows users to calculate recidivism estimates of persons released from state prisons in 2005. The tool defines recidivism as an arrest for a new crime following release. Users may generate monthly cumulative recidivism rates and annual failure rates by—

 —demographic characteristics
 —criminal histories
 —sentence attributes.

Data are from BJS's Recidivism Study of State Prisoners Released in 2005, which tracked a sample of former inmates from 30 states for five years following release in 2005.

03/14/16

Bureau of Justice Statistics announces Jeri Mulrow as Principal Deputy Director

 On January 25, 2016, Jeri Mulrow joined BJS as Principal Deputy Director. She comes to us from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) at the National Science Foundation where she was Deputy Division Director. Jeri has 30 years of experience as an applied statistician working in government, industry, and academia. She has a distinguished career as a statistician both in and out of the federal government. She has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Southern Illinois University, the Statistics of Income Division at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), NORC at the University of Chicago, and Ernst & Young, LLP. Jeri is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and is currently serving a three-year elected term as Vice President of ASA. She has a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Montana State University and a Master's in Statistics from Colorado State University.

03/14/16

BJS announces 60-day notice for proposed new collection: Census of Victim Service Providers (VSP Census)

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until March 11, 2016, on the Census of Victim Service Providers, which will be the first national collection to gather data on the characteristics, functions, and resources of entities that provide assistance to victims of crime or abuse. Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address one or more of the following four points —

 —whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
 —the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
 —whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
 —the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

02/05/16

New BJS Research and Development Papers Series

BJS has established a Research and Development (R&D) Papers series, which details statistical methods that will be applied to analyzing and reporting official findings from BJS's data collection programs. The papers examine the effectiveness of the survey methods currently used by BJS programs, investigate alternative methods to determine their appropriateness and application, recommend approaches for improving the efficiency and quality of the data collections, and present findings. Access the BJS Research and Development Papers series page and read the first paper, Developmental Estimates of Subnational Crime Rates Based on the National Crime Victimization Survey.

01/06/16

Apply Now: BJS Statistician and Supervisory Statistician Vacancies Announced

Apply Now: BJS statistician and supervisory statistician vacancies announced
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking highly motivated statisticians to carry out data collections in criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. Job duties for both roles will include consulting and collaborating with criminal justice agency representatives; performing various statistical collection activities; applying statistical theories, techniques, and methods; and preparing a variety of models, surveys, and measurements. Supervisory statistician job duties will also include supervising a group of employees. Statistician job duties will include work on BJS data collections related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The full job announcements and how to apply for BJS supervisory statistician and BJS statistician are available online.

02/05/16

New BJS Research and Development Papers Series

BJS has established a Research and Development (R&D) Papers series, which details statistical methods that will be applied to analyzing and reporting official findings from BJS's data collection programs. The papers examine the effectiveness of the survey methods currently used by BJS programs, investigate alternative methods to determine their appropriateness and application, recommend approaches for improving the efficiency and quality of the data collections, and present findings. Access the BJS Research and Development Papers series page and read the first paper, Developmental Estimates of Subnational Crime Rates Based on the National Crime Victimization Survey.

01/06/16

Apply Now: BJS Statistician and Supervisory Statistician Vacancies Announced

Apply Now: BJS statistician and supervisory statistician vacancies announced
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking highly motivated statisticians to carry out data collections in criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. Job duties for both roles will include consulting and collaborating with criminal justice agency representatives; performing various statistical collection activities; applying statistical theories, techniques, and methods; and preparing a variety of models, surveys, and measurements. Supervisory statistician job duties will also include supervising a group of employees. Statistician job duties will include work on BJS data collections related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The full job announcements and how to apply for BJS supervisory statistician and BJS statistician are available online.

2015

12/08/15

New BJS Working Paper Series

BJS has established a Criminal Justice Working Papers (CJWP) series, which provides preliminary analysis of substantive, technical, and methodological issues. These papers are works in progress designed to encourage discussion, promote the sharing of relevant findings and knowledge in a timely manner, contribute to scholarly debate, solicit constructive feedback on the research, and inform continuing work in the topic area. The views expressed in a working paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of BJS or the U.S. Department of Justice. The authors accept responsibility for errors. Access detailed guidelines for the BJS Working Paper Series page and read the first paper, Federal Sentencing Disparity: 2005–2012.

11/13/15

BJS recognizes World Statistics Day

Today, the Bureau of Justice Statistics—along with other principal federal statistical agencies and more than 130 countries and areas—recognizes World Statistics Day (WSD) 2015. WSD highlights the importance of statistics in shaping our societies. Visit the United Nations website for more on activities in celebration of WSD, including specific events in the United States.

11/09/15

National Center for Health Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics announce fellowship opportunity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is seeking a full-time Associate Service Fellow to work on the National Survey of Hospital Victim Services (NSHVS). NCHS and BJS have partnered to conduct the NSHVS, which seeks to estimate the number of hospitals that provide services to victims of crime, the types of services provided, the staffing allocated to provide these services, and the types and number of victims served. The Fellow will assist with all aspects of survey design and implementation, data collection and analysis, and writing and publishing reports. Applications are due by November 6, 2015. For additional fellowship details, please visit the CDC website.

11/05/15

BJS announces 60-day notice for proposed New Collection: Body Worn Camera Supplement (BWCS) to the Law
Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey

The Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages comments for 60 days until October 30, 2015, on a proposed New Collection: Body Worn Camera Supplement (BWCS) to the Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) Survey.
Your comments to BJS’s requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address one or more of the following four points —

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

11/05/15

Bureau of Justice Statistics proposes revisions to ASJ, DCRP, and SJIC

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until November 3, 2015, on proposed revisions to the Annual Survey of Jails (ASJ), Death in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP) - Local Jails, Survey of Jails in Indian Country (SJIC), and DCRP - Prisons
Your comments to BJS's requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address one or more of the following four points —

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

10/02/15

BJS awards more than $550k to graduate research fellows

Six doctoral students will share a total of $569,623 from the new Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The grants fund doctoral research that focuses on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics. Read the press release here.

10/02/15

Key Statistics

Key Statistics is a new feature on this website. It provides easy access to trend data from BJS's core data collections. Victimization key statistics include counts and rates from 1993 through 2014 of violent crime (robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault), property crime (burglary, motor vehicle theft, and property theft), domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and serious violent crime involving injury or weapons. It also includes data on violent and property crime reported and not reported to police.

 

Future Key Statistics releases will cover topics such as law enforcement, courts, employment and expenditure, and background checks and firearm sales. Each Key Statistic includes a description, table, and graph, along with links to related information on the website, such as publications that include the statistics, data sources, and any available data analysis tools.

09/17/15

Apply Now: BJS Statistician Vacancy

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking highly motivated statisticians to carry out statistical collections in criminal victimization, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. Job duties include consulting and collaborating with criminal justice agency representatives; performing various statistical collection activities; applying statistical theories, techniques, and methods; and preparing a variety of models, surveys, and measurements. BJS's mission is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. To see the full job announcement and apply, click here.

08/20/15

BJS announces 60-day notice for proposed NCRP extension and NCVS Identity Theft Supplement reinstatement

The Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages comments for 60 days until August 10, 2015, on a proposed extension of the National Corrections Reporting Program and reinstatement of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) .

Your comments to BJS’s requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

    — whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
    — the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
    — whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
    — the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

07/29/15

Meet William Sabol, Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics

Amstat News, the membership magazine of the American Statistical Association, interviewed William Sabol, director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, to learn more about him and BJS. Click to read the full article

07/29/15

Opportunities for temporary assignments at BJS through IPA Mobility Program

BJS invites individuals interested in pursuing criminal justice issues to apply for temporary assignments. Projects will be designed to focus on improving BJS’s statistical programs. Assignments may vary in duration, up to 2 years, and may be intermittent, part-time, or full-time. Visit the BJS funding page for deadlines and eligibility requirements of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program.

07/09/15

BJS announces 2015 Visiting Fellows: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs

The visiting fellows program facilitates collaboration between academic scholars and government researchers in survey methodology, statistics, economics, and social sciences. Fellows conduct research at BJS or at their home site, use BJS data and facilities, and interact with BJS staff. Projects provide researchers and statisticians with a unique and challenging experience outside of their normal work environment, and BJS gains input and solutions from experts with specialized training and experience. Visit the BJS funding page for deadlines and eligibility requirements of the 2015 Visiting Fellows: Criminal Justice Statistics Programs.

07/09/15

BJS announces graduate research fellowship program

Opportunities are available for individuals interested in criminal justice topics to conduct research that addresses substantive, methodological, and analytic issues relevant to BJS criminal justice data or statistical series. Researchers must use BJS data and focus on crime, violence, and other criminal justice-related topics. Visit the BJS funding page for deadlines and eligibility requirements of the FY 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics.

05/15/15

BJS National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) solicitation conference call

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has scheduled two conference calls for potential applicants to the 2015 National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Implementation Assistance Program: Phase I - Support for State Programs solicitation on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm EST and Friday, May 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST. Conference call details and access codes are provided below.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
3:30 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 1 hr 30 mins

WebEx Meeting
Meeting number: 640 002 332
Meeting password: Justice123!

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  Friday, May 15, 2015
1:00 pm | Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) | 1 hr 30 mins

WebEx Meeting
Meeting number: 648 616 645
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04/15/15

Joint BJS and OVC Fellowship Program

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has partnered with the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) on theVictim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program. The fellow will work with BJS and OVC on translating statistical findings to inform practice and policies in the victim services field. The program includes activities such as—
    —gathering information on the current uses of crime and justice statistics in the victim service field
    —identifying pertinent research questions for the victim service field that could be addressed through statistical data
    —producing materials to disseminate relevant statistical data to key victim service stakeholders
    —developing recommendations for changes to BJS data collections that would improve the use of BJS statistical data for key victim service stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels.

Eligible applicants are practitioners or researchers in the victim service field with extensive knowledge and experience related to providing services. The fellow will be expected to work full-time, onsite in Washington, D.C. For details on the program, including deadlines and eligibility requirements, visit Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program.

04/15/15

BJS proposes NCVS extension

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until June 15, 2015, on a proposed extension of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). In BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published in the Federal Register, comments should address points such as—

    — whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
    — the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
    — whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
    — the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

02/24/15

Bill Sabol introduced as BJS Director

William Sabol PhotoBill Sabol introduced as BJS Director
On February 25, 2015, William J. Sabol, Ph.D., was introduced as the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) by Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason at an Office of Justice Programs Town Hall meeting. Prior to his appointment as director—effective January 23, 2015—Bill was the Acting Director of BJS (appointed January 2013) and the Principal Deputy Director for Statistical Programs. Bill has more than 25 years of experience in research and statistics on corrections, sentencing, and justice issues in different settings, including the Government Accountability Office, where he was an Assistant Director; Case Western Reserve University, where he was Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change; the Urban Institute, where as a Senior Research Associate he directed research on sentencing and social control in communities; and the University of Maryland, where he was an Assistant Professor in Afro-American Studies and Criminology. Bill’s research efforts over the years have focused primarily on criminal justice policy issues, notably on sentencing policy, the effects of incarceration on communities, and statistical issues and methods. Prior to earning his doctorate from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University.

02/10/15

BJS Proposes Methodological Research to Support the National Crime Victimization Survey

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) encourages comments for 60 days until February 9, 2015, on proposed methodological research to support the National Crime Victimization Survey: Subnational Companion Survey—American Crime Survey Field Test. In BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget published in the Federal Register, written comments should address points such as—

    —whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
    —the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
    —whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
    —the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

2014

12/20/14

Upcoming webinar - Understanding BJS Report: Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003–2012

BJS statisticians will participate in a webinar sponsored by the Battered Women's Justice Project, on Monday, December 8, 2014, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm CST. They will discuss intimate partner violence (IPV) over the 10-year aggregate period from 2003 to 2012, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Data will also be compared to the incidence and prevalence of IPV from other sources. Join presenters Dr. Jennifer Truman and Dr. Rachel Morgan, BJS Statisticians; Dr. Michael Planty, Chief of Victimization Statistics at BJS; Dr. Michele Lynberg Black, recently retired from the Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Walter S. DeKeseredy, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, West Virginia University; and Dr. Sherry Hamby, Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Life Paths Research Program, University of the South. Learn more here and sign up today.

11/19/14

Upcoming Free Webinar - An Innovative Approach to Addressing Mental Health Situations (Part 1 of 3)

In collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, on Thursday, October 9 at 2 pm EDT, the National Criminal Justice Association, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and the Justice Clearinghouse are sponsoring a no-cost webinar to all public safety stakeholders on effective strategies to investigate, respond to, and approach individuals with mental health issues. This noncommercial webinar will examine an effective, comprehensive strategy that the State of Arizona and local Arizona law enforcement agencies have been using to address and respond to mental health issues from both a funding and operational perspective. It is the first of a 3-part series being offered at no cost to the public safety community. Presenters include highly respected subject matter experts in the field:

  • Pat Nelson, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Program Manager, CJ Systems Improvement;
  • Sergeant Jason Winsky of the Mental Health Investigative Support Team, Tucson Police Department; and
  • Sergeant Terry Staten, Pima County (AZ) Sheriff's Office.

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1447488726620865026

11/04/14

President Obama to Nominate William Sabol for Director of BJS


On Friday, October 31, 2014, President Obama announced his intent to nominate William Sabol, Ph.D., for Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Sabol has served as Acting Director of BJS since 2013. He joined BJS in 2006 as Chief of Corrections Statistics Unit and became Principal Deputy Director in 2010.

Prior to his tenure at BJS, Dr. Sabol pursued careers in academia and the private sector. From 2003 to 2006, he served as the Associate Director of Homeland Security and Justice at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This was his second role with GAO, having previously served as Senior Social Scientist from 1991 to 1995. Dr. Sabol has served as Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change at the Mandel School of Applied Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (2000 to 2004), Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute (1995 to 2000), and Project Director at Cosmos Corporation (1990 to 1991).

He began his professional career at the University of Maryland, serving first as a Faculty Research Associate in the Afro-American Studies Program (1987 to 1988), and then as an Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies and Criminal Justice (1988 to 1991). Dr. Sabol was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge from 1986 to 1987. He received a B.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

10/10/14

BJS Victimization Statistics Chief Discussed Domestic Violence Live on C-SPAN (2)

Michael Planty, chief of Victimization Statistics with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, appeared live on C-SPAN’s America by the Numbers segment of Washington Journal. Here are the BJS domestic violence slides and keys to the slides. Other full BJS reports on domestic violence include Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012 (NCJ 244697, April 2014); Intimate Partner Violence: Attributes of Victimization, 1993-2011 (NCJ 243300, November 2013); and Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2010 (NCJ 239203, November 2012).

10/09/14

BJS Victimization Statistics Chief to Discuss Domestic Violence Live on C-SPAN (1)

Did you know that domestic violence accounted for 21% of all violent victimization? Find out more on Oct. 10 at approximately 9:15-10 a.m. EDT as Michael Planty, chief of Victimization Statistics with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, appears live on C-SPAN’s America by the Numbers’ segment of “Washington Journal,” a television interview program that allows the public to call in or email their views. The program will highlight trends in domestic violence in America from 1994 to 2013, including data on who commits domestic violence, characteristics of the victims, why victims do not report domestic violence to police, the offender’s use of a weapon, who receives assistance from victim services organizations and who sought medical treatment. For comparison, the show will include estimates of violence committed by strangers or known acquaintances of the victims. Following the show, the BJS slide presentation will be available at http://www.bjs.gov/, where you can also access full BJS reports on domestic violence, such as Nonfatal Domestic Violence, 2003-2012 (NCJ 244697, April 2014); Intimate Partner Violence: Attributes of Victimization, 1993-2011 (NCJ 243300, November 2013); and Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2010 (NCJ 239203, November 2012).

09/17/14

BJS proposes Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories, 2014

The Bureau of Justice Statistics encourages comments for 60 days until November 17, 2014 on the proposed Census of Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories. The census will provide national statistics on federal, state, county, and municipal publicly funded forensic crime laboratories that analyze physical evidence collected during criminal investigations. It will cover budgets, staffing levels, types of analyses performed, backlogs for forensic services, and accreditations. In BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget published in the Federal Register written comments should address points such as:

  • whether the proposed data collection is necessary including whether the information will have practical utility
  • the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
  • whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
  • the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.

09/15/14

Statistics and Science: A London Workshop Report

World of Statistics LogosStatistics and Science: A London Workshop Report
One hundred prominent statisticians from around the world gathered in London for a high-level meeting last November and produced Statistics and Science: A Report of the London Workshop on the Future of the Statistical Sciences. This report is written in an accessible style so people who are not experts in statistics can understand its messages and the impact of statistics on society. It is an ideal resource for university students, policymakers and the general public. The London Workshop was the capstone event of the International Year of Statistics, a year-long celebration during 2013 that drew more than 2,300 participant organizations, including BJS, from 128 countries.

09/09/14

BJS received policy impact award

Allen with policy impact awardBJS received policy impact award

BJS and its data collection agents received the 2014 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) for their innovative and salient efforts to measure sexual victimization in correctional facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Allen J. Beck, Senior Statistical Advisor for BJS and program lead, accepted the award on behalf of the team at the AAPOR annual conference in Anaheim, California on May 17. The BJS data collection agents included RTI International, Westat, NORC at the University of Chicago, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Get more details from the press release, award citation, and other PREA-related reports.



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