BJS Latest publications, products and solicitations Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:02:39 GMT Correctional Populations in the United States, 2016 (Publication) <br /> Presents statistics on persons supervised by U.S. adult correctional systems at year-end 2016, including persons supervised in the community on probation or parole and those incarcerated in state or federal prison or local jail. <br /> 4/26/2018, NCJ 251211, Mary Cowhig, Danielle Kaeble Probation and Parole in the United States, 2016 (Publication) <br /> Presents national data on adult offenders under community supervision on probation or parole in 2016, including trends in the overall community supervision population and annual changes in probation and parole populations. <br /> 4/26/2018, NCJ 251148, Danielle Kaeble National Inmate Survey (NIS-4) 2019-20 - Jails (Solicitation) <br /> The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79; henceforth "the Act") was enacted on September 4, 2003. The Act requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to "carry out, for each calendar year, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape." The Act further instructs BJS to collect survey data: "the Bureau shall...use surveys and other statistical studies of current and former inmates...." The law was passed, in part, to overcome a shortage of available research on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence in correctional facilities. <p> To implement the Act, BJS developed the National Prison Rape Statistics Program, which includes four separate data collection efforts: the Survey of Sexual Victimization (SSV, formerly Survey of Sexual Violence), National Inmate Survey (NIS), National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC), and National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS). <p> Each of these collections is independent, and, while not directly comparable, they provide measures of the prevalence and characteristics of sexual assault in correctional facilities. The SSV collects information about incidents of sexual violence reported to and investigated by adult and juvenile correctional authorities and characteristics of substantiated incidents. The NIS collects allegations of sexual assault self-reported by inmates in correctional facilities. The NSYC gathers self-reported sexual assault data from youth in juvenile correctional facilities. The NFPS measures allegations of sexual assault experienced during a person's last incarceration, as reported by former inmates under community active supervision.<p> The award resulting from this solicitation will provide funding, through a cooperative agreement, for a collection agent to administer the fourth round of the NIS (NIS-4) in jails. The NIS is an audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) instrument administered to inmates in correctional facilities to measure the prevalence of sexual assault at the facility level. Project activities include drawing a national sample of local and privately operated jail facilities; administering the survey to sampled inmates in these facilities; and conducting all data collection, analyses, and reporting activities. <p> BJS anticipates making one initial award for a 48-month period (January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2022). The initial award may be supplemented depending on available funding and performance. <br /> All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 14, 2018. Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2017 (Publication) <br /> This annual report, produced jointly by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, presents data on school crime and safety from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. <br /> 3/29/2018, NCJ 251413, Melissa Diliberti, Jana Kemp, Lauren Musu-Gillette, Barbara A. Oudekerk, Ke Wang, Anlan Zhang, Jizhi Zhang FY 2018 NCS-X Implementation Assistance Program: Support for Local Law Enforcement Agencies, Part 1 (Solicitation) <br /> The FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division established and maintains the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). To generate detailed national estimates of crime known to law enforcement (LE) using NIBRS data, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the FBI are supporting the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) Initiative. To produce statistically sound national estimates of crime, the NCS-X program will support the transition to NIBRS reporting of a scientifically selected sample of 400 LE agencies nationwide. Through this solicitation, BJS seeks proposals to enable up to 173 local LE agencies in the NCS- X sample, agencies that are currently not reporting incident-based data to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, to report incident-based crime data to the FBI's NIBRS, either through their state UCR Program or directly to the FBI. BJS funding decisions under this solicitation will be made in coordination with, and with the concurrence of, the FBI's CJIS Division. <br /> All registrations and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on May 16, 2018. FY 2018 NICS Act Record Improvement Program (NARIP) (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) 2018, 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 /> All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018. FY 2018 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) (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) 2018, 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. Achieving this goal is contingent on accomplishing four objectives: <ul><li> Providing direct financial and technical assistance to states and tribes to improve their criminal records systems and other related systems in an effort to support background checks</li> <li>Ensuring the infrastructure is developed to connect criminal history records systems to the state record repository or appropriate federal agency record system and ensuring records are accessible through the FBI records systems </li> <li>Providing the training and technical assistance needed to ensure that records systems are developed and managed to conform to FBI standards and appropriate technologies, while ensuring that contributing agencies adhere to the highest standards of practice with respect to privacy and confidentiality </li> <li>Using systematic evaluation and standardized performance measurement and statistics to assess progress made in improving national records holdings and background check systems.</li> </ul><p> The NCHIP serves as an umbrella for various record improvement activities and funding streams, each of which has unique goals and objectives. As a basic principle of this program, BJS strongly encourages states and tribes to ensure the integrated functioning of record improvement initiatives, regardless of the funding source. Also, BJS urges applicants to match or leverage the federal funds provided with other resources, to the maximum extent possible. <br /> All applications are due by 11:59 time p.m. eastern time on May 14, 2018. Jail Inmates in 2016 (Publication) <br /> Presents data on inmates confined in local jails between 2000 and 2016, including population counts and incarceration rates, inmate demographic characteristics and conviction status, average daily population, rated capacity of local jails and percent of capacity occupied, and turnover rates by jurisdiction size. <br /> 2/22/2018, NCJ 251210, Zhen Zeng Prisoners in 2016 (Publication) <br /> Presents final counts of prisoners under the jurisdiction of state and federal correctional authorities at yearend 2016, including admissions, releases, noncitizen inmates, and inmates age 17 or younger. <br /> 1/9/2018, NCJ 251149, E. Ann Carson Criminal Victimization, 2016 (Publication) <br /> Presents national data on criminal victimization reported and not reported to police in 2016, including the characteristics of crimes and victims and outcomes of victimization. <br /> 12/7/2017, NCJ 251150, Grace Kena, Rachel E. Morgan Jails in Indian Country, 2016 (Publication) <br /> Describes jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs. <br /> 12/5/2017, NCJ 250981, Mary Cowhig, Todd D. Minton Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2015 - Statistical Tables (Publication) <br /> Describes background checks for firearms transfers conducted in 2015 and presents estimates of firearm applications received and denied annually since the effective date of the Brady Act in 1994 through 2015. <br /> 11/30/2017, NCJ 250978, Trent D. Buskirk, Joseph M. Durso, Ronald J. Frandsen, Jennifer C. Karberg, Allina D. Lee