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September 17, 2015

Lots of new data from BJS on prisoners and from USSC on federal sentencing

Sentencing and corrections data junkies have the opportunity for heavy dose of notable new data runs from two federal sources.  Both of these recently released reports have a number of interesting and important modern sentencing stories buried inside lots of notable new numbers:

From the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Prisoners in 2014"

From the US Sentencing Commission, "FY 2015 Third Quarterly Sentencing Data Report"

Importantly, the BJS prisoners document has data on only prison populations and thus does not include total incarcerated persons in the US because jail populations are not in the statistics.  With that important statistical reality in mind, here are some highlights identified by BJS concerning "Prisoners in 2014" that I found particularly noteworthy:

September 17, 2015 at 10:53 AM | Permalink


The data using adjudicated charges is fictitious in 95% of cases. They should be using the indicted charges instead. The first set is biased in being too lenient. The latter is biased in being stacked. IN between is the truth, but very difficult to find.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 17, 2015 1:50:46 PM

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