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Nov 23 -- The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), U.S. Department of Justice, invites comments to OMB by December 28, 2022 regarding the National Prisoner Statistics Program. [Note: The 30-day comment period began on November 28, when BJS submitted the ICR to OMB.]

The National Prisoner Statistics Program collection includes Summary of Sentenced Population Movement and Prison Population Report—U.S. Territories. Form numbers for the questionnaire are NPS-1B (Summary of Sentenced Population Movement) and NPS-1B(T) (Prisoner Population Report—U.S. Territories).

For the NPS-1B form, 51 central reporters (one from each state and the Federal Bureau of Prisons) responsible for keeping records on inmates will be asked to provide information for the following categories:

(a) As of December 31, the number of male and female inmates within their custody and under their jurisdiction with maximum sentences of more than one year, one year or less; and unsentenced inmates;
(b) The number of inmates housed in privately operated facilities, county or other local authority correctional facilities, or in other state or Federal facilities on December 31;
(c) Prison admission information in the calendar year for the following categories: new court commitments, parole violators, other conditional release violators returned, transfers from other jurisdictions, AWOLs and escapees returned, and returns from appeal and bond;
(d) Prison release information in the calendar year for the following categories: expirations of sentence, commutations, other conditional releases, probations, supervised mandatory releases, paroles, other conditional releases, deaths by cause, AWOLs, escapes, transfers to other jurisdictions, and releases to appeal or bond;
(e) Number of inmates under jurisdiction on December 31 by race and Hispanic origin;
(f) Number of inmates under physical custody on December 31 classified as non-citizens; U.S. citizens; and unsentenced inmates;
(g) Number of inmates under physical custody on December 31 who are citizens of the U.S. with maximum sentences of more than one year, one year or less; and unsentenced inmates;
(h) The source of U.S. citizenship data;
(i) Testing of incoming inmates for HIV; and HIV infection and AIDS cases on December 31; and
(j) The aggregated rated, operational, and/or design capacities, by sex, of the state/BOP's correctional facilities at year-end.

For the NPS-1B(T) form, five central reporters from the U.S. Territories and Commonwealths of Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa will be asked to provide information for the following categories for the calendar year just ended, and, if available, for the previous calendar year:
 
(a) As of December 31, the number of male and female inmates within their custody and under their jurisdiction with maximum sentences of more than one year, one year or less; and unsentenced inmates; and an assessment of the completeness of these counts (complete, partial, or estimated)
(b) The number of inmates under jurisdiction on December 31 but in the custody of facilities operated by other jurisdictions' authorities solely to reduce prison overcrowding;
(c) Number of inmates under jurisdiction on December 31 by race and Hispanic origin;
(d) The aggregated rated, operational, and/or design capacities, by sex, of the territory's/Commonwealth's correctional facilities at year-end.
 
National Prisoner Statistics Program https://bjs.ojp.gov/data-collection/national-prisoner-statistics-nps-program
BJS submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202211-1121-002 Click on IC List for questionnaire, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FR notice inviting public comment: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-25504
 
For AEA members wishing to submit comments, "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" is available at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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