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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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New Grants and Payment Management Systems Coming October 2020


On October 15, 2020 the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) will transition to the Justice Grants System (JustGrants) for all grants management activities and to the Department of the Treasury's Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system for grants payments. Learn more about this transition on the Justice Grants Website.


Apply now: BJS senior statistician vacancy announced


BJS is seeking a senior statistician to serve as senior advisor to the bureau. 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 qualifications for a full list of eligibility requirements. Job duties include—

providing statistical advice and guidance on BJS’s efforts to establish, maintain, and revise national justice statistical programs
planning, preparing, coordinating, and disseminating data and information in very broad and technically complex subject-matter areas
providing technical direction to BJS staff related to project designs, specification of data processing and tabulation protocols, data analysis, report production and dissemination, and public-use data archival
ensuring the appropriateness of the methodologies used for the collection of criminal justice data conducted either in-house or under contract arrangement with outside entities.

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. Applications are due by August 10, 2020.


Public comments requested on the proposed revision of BJS data collection: 2021 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)


BJS encourages comments for 60 days until September 11, 2020, on the revision of a currently approved data collection: 2021 School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). 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.


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