|• The average time served by state prisoners released in 2016, from initial admission to initial release, was 2.6 years, and the median time served was 1.3 years.|
|• Most violent offenders (57%) released from state prison in 2016 served less than 3 years.|
|• 96% of violent offenders released in 2016, including 70% of those sentenced for murder or non-negligent manslaughter, served less than 20 years before initial release from state prison.|
|• Roughly 1 in 5 state prisoners released in 2016 after being sentenced for rape or sexual assault served 10 or more years before initial release.|
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BJS proposes data collection revision: 2018-2020 Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems (SSCHIS)
BJS encourages comments for 60 days until December 31, 2018, on the revision a previously approved data collection: 2018-2020 Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems (SSCHIS). Your comments to BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget, 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 collection of data, 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.|
Justice Department awards $64 million to improve state criminal record systems
The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (a component of the Office of Justice Programs) has awarded more than $64 million to state agencies for Fiscal Year 2018 to improve the completeness, quality, and accessibility of the nation’s criminal record systems. Read the full press release here.
Justice Department awards $49 million to improve collection of crime data reported to police
BJS will award more than $49 million to states and local law enforcement agencies to help them transition to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). This is the largest single-year amount ever awarded for this project. Read the full press release here.
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