BJS http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm Latest publications, products and solicitations Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:49:04 GMT FY 2017 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) 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 Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) in fiscal year (FY) 2017, identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements. <p> The NCHIP grant program aims to improve the nation's safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by ensuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and noncriminal justice background check systems. <br /> Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 5, 2017. FY 2017 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) 2017, 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 /> Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 19, 2017. FY 2017 Current Solicitations http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> <a href="/index.cfm?ty=fun#1091">FY 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program for Criminal Justice Statistics </a> <li><a href="/index.cfm?ty=fun#1111">FY 2017 BJS Faculty Research Fellowship Program in Criminal Justice Statistics </a></li> <li><a href="/index.cfm?ty=fun#1071">State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2017 </a></li> <li><a href="/index.cfm?ty=fun#1112">FY 2017 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) </a></li> <li><a href="/index.cfm?ty=fun#1113">FY 2017 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) </a></li> <br /> FY 2017 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 non-profit professional or scientific membership organization to administer a BJS- sponsored Faculty Research Fellowship Program. The ultimate goal of the fellowship program 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. The research fellowships envisioned will be relatively small-scale projects that can be completed within 6 months. <br /> Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 2, 2017. Jail Inmates in 2015 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5872 (Publication) <br /> Presents information on the change in the number of jail inmates between 2000 and 2015 by sex, race, Hispanic origin, and conviction status. This report also provides estimates of year-to-year changes from 2000 to 2015 in the average daily population, rated capacity of local jails, and percent of capacity occupied. <br /> 12/29/2016, NCJ 250394, Todd D. Minton, Zhen Zeng Correctional Populations in the United States, 2015 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5870 (Publication) <br /> Presents statistics on persons supervised by adult correctional systems in the United States at yearend 2015, including persons supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in state or federal prison or local jail. <br /> 12/29/2016, NCJ 250374, Lauren E. Glaze, Danielle Kaeble Prisoners in 2015 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5869 (Publication) <br /> Presents final counts of prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities at yearend 2015. <br /> 12/29/2016, NCJ 250229, Elizabeth Anderson, E. Ann Carson Probation and Parole in the United States, 2015 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5784 (Publication) <br /> Presents data on adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole in 2015. <br /> 12/21/2016, NCJ 250230, Thomas P. Bonczar, Danielle Kaeble Arrest-Related Deaths Program Redesign Study, 2015-16: Preliminary Findings http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5864 (Publication) <br /> Provides preliminary results of the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) redesign of the Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) collection component of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program, which was established in response to the Death in Custody Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-297), reauthorized in 2014. <br /> 12/15/2016, NCJ 250112, Duren Banks, Erin Kennedy, Michael G. Planty, Paul Ruddle Mortality in Local Jails, 2000-2014 - Statistical Tables http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5865 (Publication) <br /> Describes national- and state-level data on inmate deaths that occurred in local jails from 2000 to 2014 and includes a preliminary count of inmate deaths in local jails in 2015. <br /> 12/15/2016, NCJ 250169, Margaret E. Noonan Mortality in State Prisons, 2001-2014 - Statistical Tables http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5866 (Publication) <br /> Describes national- and state-level data on inmate deaths that occurred in state prisons from 2001 to 2014 and presents aggregate counts of inmate deaths in federal prisons. <br /> 12/15/2016, NCJ 250150, Margaret E. Noonan FY 2017 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 BJS's 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 if the doctoral research dissertation has direct implications for criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. BJS encourages institutions to consider sponsoring qualified 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 (see B. Federal Award Information). 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 /> Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on February 24, 2017. State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2017 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=fun (Solicitation) <br /> This program announcement describes the guidelines and requirements of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs). Since 1972, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and its predecessor agency, the National Criminal Justice Information and Statistics Service, have provided support to state and territorial governments to establish and operate SACs to collect, analyze, and report statistics on crime and justice to federal, state, and local levels of government and to share state-level information nationally. The information produced by SACs and their involvement in criminal justice projects are critical to federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies and community organizations as they develop programs and policies related to crime, illegal drugs, victim services, and the administration of justice. <br /> All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on March 15, 2017. Crime Against Persons with Disabilities, 2009-2014 - Statistical Tables http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5844 (Publication) <br /> Presents estimates of nonfatal violent crime (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) against persons age 12 or older with disabilities. <br /> 11/29/2016, NCJ 250200, Erika Harrell Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Resources and Services, 2014 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5827 (Publication) <br /> Presents data on the resources and services of state, county, municipal, and federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years. <br /> 11/22/2016, NCJ 250151, Andrea M. Burch, Matthew R. Durose, Emily Tiry, Kelly A. Walsh Publicly Funded Forensic Crime Laboratories: Quality Assurance Practices, 2014 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5828 (Publication) <br /> Presents data on the quality assurance practices of state, county, municipal, and federal forensic crime laboratories operating in the United States during 2014 and compares findings with census data from previous years. <br /> 11/22/2016, NCJ 250152, Andrea M. Burch, Matthew R. Durose, Emily Tiry, Kelly A. Walsh State-Administered Indigent Defense Systems, 2013 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5826 (Publication) <br /> Describes the methods for providing representation in criminal defense and civil, juvenile and appeals cases in 28 states and the District of Columbia. <br /> 11/16/2016, NCJ 250249, Suzanne M. Strong Determining the Optimal Number of Interview Waves in a Panel Survey with Application to the NCVS: Evaluation and Recommendations http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5825 (Publication) <br /> Presents the results of a study that evaluated the data quality and cost of changing the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) from the current longitudinal design in which household members are interviewed every 6 months for a total of 7 times over a 3.5-year period to designs in which respondents are interviewed 1, 3, 4, or 5 times. <br /> 11/15/2016, NCJ 249878, Marcus Berzofsky, Ivan Carrillo-Garcia Jails in Indian Country, 2015 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5824 (Publication) <br /> Describes jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. <br /> 11/10/2016, NCJ 250117, Todd D. Minton Criminal Victimization, 2015 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5804 (Publication) <br /> Presents national rates and levels of criminal victimization in 2015 and annual change from 2014. <br /> 10/20/2016, NCJ 250180, Rachel E. Morgan, Jennifer L. Truman Justice Assistance Grant Program, 2016 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5764 (Publication) <br /> Describes the steps used in the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) formula calculation process and presents summary results of the fiscal year (FY) 2016 calculations. <br /> 9/29/2016, NCJ 250157, Alexia D. Cooper National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5765 (Press Release) <br /> FBI and Bureau of Justice Statistics award $24.2 Million to Law Enforcement Agencies To Support National Crime-Reporting InfrastructureFunding is part of the 2016 National Crime Statistics Exchange initiative. <br /> 9/27/2016 Census of Problem-Solving Courts, 2012 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5744 (Publication) <br /> Describes type, location, and characteristics of all known problem-solving courts active in 2012. <br /> 9/15/2016, NCJ 249803, Tracey Kyckelhahn, Ramona R. Rantala, Suzanne M. Strong Interviewing Conditions in the National Crime Victimization Survey, 1993-2013 http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5725 (Working Paper) <br /> Describes the circumstances under which interviews are conducted with persons in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) from 1993 to 2013. <br /> 8/30/2016, NCJ 249682, Shannan M. 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