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2013-12-19 12:26:06

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The total U.S. correctional population (on probation, parole, in prison or jail) decreased for the fourth consecutive year during 2012 (down 51,000 offenders or 0.7 percent), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This was the smallest decrease in the population since 2009. Nearly the entire drop in the total correctional population during 2012 was due to a decline in the number of probationers (down 38,300) and prisoners...

2013-10-24 12:23:35

Increases driven by simple assaults and crime not reported to police WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Violent and property crime rates rose for U.S. residents in 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. These estimates are based on data from the annual National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) which has collected information from victims of crime age 12 or older since 1973. The violent crime rate (which includes rape or sexual assault, robbery,...

2013-06-27 12:24:24

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At midyear 2012, a total of 2,364 inmates were confined in Indian country jails, a 5.6 percent increase from the 2,239 inmates confined at midyear 2011, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. Indian country jails are operated by tribal authorities or the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The number of known operating jail facilities in Indian country increased from 68 in 2004 to 79 in...

2012-08-09 06:24:10

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than half of the nation's violent crimes, or nearly 3.4 million violent victimizations per year, went unreported to the police between 2006 and 2010, according to a new report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Using data from BJS's National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), this new report examines characteristics of unreported victimizations, the reasons victims did not report crimes and trends from 1994 to 2010...

2012-08-02 06:22:16

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the end of 2009, the nation's publicly funded crime labs had an estimated backlog of 1.2 million requests for forensic services, relatively unchanged from the backlog at yearend 2008, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. A request was defined as backlogged if it had not been completed within 30 days. In 2009, the 411 federal, state, county and municipal labs began the year with more than 1.0 million backlogged...

2011-12-14 09:00:00

Mortality rate in state prisons stable since 2003 WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reported today that in 2009 both the rate and number of deaths in local jails dropped to one of the lowest levels in a decade, based on data from the Deaths in Custody Reporting Program (DCRP). The jail mortality rate dropped to 127 inmate deaths per 100,000 jail inmates in 2009 from 151 deaths per 100,000 in 2000. Over the past three years,...

2011-11-21 09:00:00

Rates of completion up for parolees and probationers since 2006 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of adult offenders under community supervision on probation or on parole declined by 1.3 percent during 2010, dropping to about 4.9 million adults at yearend, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This marked the second consecutive year of decline in the number of adults under community supervision. Probation is a court-ordered period...

2011-11-17 09:00:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From 2003 to 2009, a reported 4,813 persons died during or shortly after law enforcement personnel attempted to arrest or restrain them, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. About 60 percent of arrest-related deaths (2,931) were classified as homicides by law enforcement personnel and 40 percent (1,882) were attributed to other manners of death. Suicide and death by intoxication each accounted for about 11 percent of all...

2011-11-16 11:00:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's homicide rate fell to 4.8 homicides per 100,000 U.S. residents in 2010, its lowest level in four decades, the Bureau of Justice Statistics announced today. Much of the decline was in the nation's largest cities, those with a population of one million or more, where the homicide rate dropped dramatically from 35.5 homicides per 100,000 U.S. residents in 1991 to a low of 11.9 per 100,000 in 2008. The sharp increase in homicides...

2011-10-05 09:00:00

Police used or threatened to use force in less than two percent of contacts WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 40 million U.S. residents age 16 or older, or about 17 percent of the population, had a face-to-face contact with a police officer in 2008, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This is a continuing decrease in contact between police and the public, down from 19 percent of residents who had contact with the police in 2005 and 21...