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July 26 -- The Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice (DOJ), invites comment to OMB by August 30, 2023 regarding the continuation of the Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole, with revision. [Comments due 30 days after submission to OMB on July 31, 2023.]

These establishment surveys provide BJS with the capacity to report annually on changes in the size and composition of the community corrections populations in the United States. The surveys also track key outcomes of offenders on probation or parole, such as completion of supervision terms and return to incarceration (or recidivism). Data are collected from the known universe of probation and parole supervising agencies, using central reporters wherever possible to minimize burden the public. The ASPP provides the only national level, regularly collected, data on the community corrections populations, and, as such, they inform this key stage of the criminal justice process. Revisions include an updated frame of probation agencies including additional misdemeanor only supervising agencies, as well changes to the probation survey forms (CJ–8 and CJ–8M) to collect information separately for felony and misdemeanant probation.
The Annual Surveys of Probation and Parole (ASPP) contain three forms: CJ–7: Annual Parole Survey CJ–8: Annual Probation Survey and CJ–8M: Annual Probation Survey (Misdemeanor Supervision Only). The applicable component within the Department of Justice is the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), in the Office of Justice Programs. The ASPP is fielded annually. BJS requests clearance for the 2023, 2024, and 2025 ASPP.

For the CJ–7 form, the affected public consists of 54 respondents including 50 central reporters, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons responsible for keeping records of adult on parole supervision. For the CJ–8 form, the affected public includes 250 reporters including central state respondents, the District of Columbia, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and local authorities responsible for keeping records on individuals on probation supervision. For the CJ–8M form, the affected public includes 610 reporters who are all local authorities responsible for keeping records on individuals on probation supervision for a misdemeanor offense. These reporters indicated they do not supervise any individual on probation for a felony offense and will answer a short survey on population totals. The Annual Parole Survey and Annual Probation surveys have been used since 1977 to collect annual yearend counts and yearly movements of community corrections populations; characteristics of the community supervision population, such as gender, racial composition, ethnicity, conviction status, offense, and supervision status.

ASPP: https://bjs.ojp.gov/data-collection/annual-probation-survey-and-annual-parole-survey
BJS submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202307-1121-004 Click IC List for information collection instrument, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this webpage.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2023-15785

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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