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National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC)

Data Collection Status
As funding permits
Latest Data Available
Data Experts
Michael B. Field, BJS Statistician
Collection Period

2008-09, 2012, and 2018


The National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC) is part of BJS's National Prison Rape Statistics Program, which gathers mandated data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault in juvenile facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 as specified in PREA; P.L. 108-79. PREA requires a 10% sample of juvenile facilities to be listed by incidence of sexual assault. Data are collected directly from youth in a private setting using audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) technology with a touchscreen laptop and an audio feed to maximize inmate confidentiality and minimize literacy issues.

Date Created: July 7, 2009