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  • In 2018, the combined state and federal imprisonment rate (431 sentenced prisoners per 100,000 U.S. residents) was the lowest since 1996.

  • The total imprisonment rate fell 15% from 2008 to 2018.

  • From 2008 to 2018, the imprisonment rate dropped 28% among black residents, 21% among Hispanic residents, and 13% among white residents.

  • In 2018, the imprisonment rate of black residents was the lowest since 1989.
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Apply now: BJS supervisory statistician vacancy announced


BJS is seeking a supervisory statistician to serve as chief of the Corrections Unit. Applicants must have a bachelor's or higher-level degree from an accredited college or university with a specific number of hours in statistics and other related topics. See the Qualifications Statement for a full list of eligibility requirements. Job duties include—

planning, scheduling, and assigning work to supervised staff and providing technical guidance to contractors or grantees to ensure work is performed according to established procedures, specifications, and requirements
developing and following best practices related to data collection, analysis, and dissemination and performing statistical data-collection activities to satisfy immediate, mid-range, and long-term statistical data collection requirements
consulting and collaborating with governmental officials, professional associations, and others to advise on the application of statistics to criminal justice issues, policies, and programs.

Apply now. Applications are due by July 14, 2020.


Public comments requested on the proposed extension of BJS data collection: Annual Probation Survey and Annual Parole Survey


BJS encourages comments for 60 days until August 3, 2020, on the proposed extension of a currently approved data collection: Annual Probation Survey and Annual Parole Survey. Your comments on BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget, which is 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.


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