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Annual Survey of Jails Data Series RSS

Investigator(s): Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Annual Survey of Jails, formerly titled National Survey of Jails, is the only data collection effort that provides an annual source of data on local jails and jail inmates. The series was begun in 1982 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics with data collected by the Bureau of the Census. Local jails are locally-operated correctional facilities that confine persons before or after adjudication. Inmates sentenced to jails usually have a sentence of a year or less, but jails also incarcerate persons in a wide variety of other categories. Data on the size of the jail population and selected inmate characteristics are obtained every five to six years from the Census of Jails. In each of the years between the full censuses, a sample survey of jails is conducted to estimate baseline characteristics of the nation's jails and inmates housed in these jails. Data are supplied on admissions and releases, growth in the number of jail facilities, changes in their rated capacities and level of occupancy, growth in the population supervised in the community, changes in methods of community supervision, and crowding issues in state and federal prisons. The data are intended for a variety of users, including federal and state agencies, local officials in conjunction with jail administrators, researchers, planners, and the public.

Years Produced: Annually, except every 5th year when the National Jail Census is produced.

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2013
Raphael, Steven,  Stoll, Michael A. Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.
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2012
Baradaran, Shima,  McIntyre, Frank L. Predicting violence. Texas Law Review. 90, (3), 497-570.
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2012
Glaze, Lauren E.,  Parks, Erika . Correctional Populations in the United States, 2011. Bulletin. NCJ 239972, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2011
Bonczar, Thomas P.,  Glaze, Lauren P. Probation and Parole in the United States, 2010. Bulletin. NCJ 236019, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2011
Glaze, Lauren E. Correctional Populations in the United States, 2010. Bulletin. NCJ 236319, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2011
Minton, Todd D. Jail Inmates at Midyear 2010. Statistical Tables. NCJ 233431, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2011
2010
Glaze, Lauren E.,  Bonczar, Thomas P. Probation and Parole in the United States, 2009. Bulletin. NCJ 231674, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2010
Minton, Todd D. Jail Inmates at Midyear 2009. Statistical Tables. NCJ 230122, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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2010
Spaulding, Anne C.,  Perez, Sebastian D.,  Seals, Ryan M.,  Hallman, Madhura A.,  Kavasery, Ravi,  Weiss, Paul S. Diversity of release patterns for jail detainees: Implications for public health interventions. American Journal of Public Health. 101, (S1), S347-S352.
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