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BJS Releases Reports on Correctional Populations
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Probation and Parole in the United States, 2020. The report is the 29th in a series that began in 1981. It includes characteristics of the population such as sex, race or ethnicity and most serious offense of adult U.S. residents under correctional supervision in the community. The report details how people move onto and off community supervision, such as completing their term of supervision, being incarcerated, absconding or other unsatisfactory outcomes while in the community. Findings are based on data from BJS’s 2020 Annual Probation Survey and Annual Parole Survey.
BJS also released Profile of Prison Inmates, 2016. This report describes the characteristics of state and federal prisoners in 2016, including demographics, education and marital status. Findings are based on data from BJS’s 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI), which is conducted periodically and consists of personal interviews with prisoners. For the first time, the 2016 SPI measured sexual orientation and gender identity, and those estimates are included in this report. Statistics on prisoners’ offenses, time served, prior criminal history and any housing status prior to imprisonment, including homelessness, are also presented. The report concludes with a summary of the family background of prisoners while they were growing up and any family members who have ever been incarcerated.
TITLES: Probation and Parole in the United States, 2020 (NCJ 303102)
by BJS Statistician Danielle Kaeble
Profile of Prison Inmates, 2016 (NCJ 255037)
by BJS Statisticians Lauren G. Beatty and Tracy L. Snell
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.