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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

BJS Releases Federal Prisoner Statistics Collected Under the First Step Act, 2021

      WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Federal Prisoner Statistics Collected under the First Step Act, 2021. This is the third report as required under the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA; P.L. 115-391). It includes data on federal prisoners provided to BJS by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for calendar year 2020. Under the FSA, BJS is required to report on selected characteristics of persons in prison, including marital, veteran, citizenship and English-speaking status; education levels; medical conditions; and participation in treatment programs. Also, BJS is required to report facility-level statistics, such as the number of assaults on staff by prisoners, prisoners’ violations of rules that resulted in time credit reductions and selected facility characteristics related to accreditation, on-site health care, remote learning, video conferencing and costs of prisoners’ phone calls.

      TITLE: Federal Prisoner Statistics Collected under the First Step Act, 2021 (NCJ 301582)

      AUTHOR: BJS Statistician E. Ann Carson, Ph.D.

      WHERE: bjs.ojp.gov

      The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the U.S. Department of Justice is the principal federal agency responsible for collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable statistics on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Doris J. James is the acting director.

      The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in the administration of justice, assist victims and enhance the rule of law. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

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Date Created: November 23, 2021