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Pilot Local Jail Reporting Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $50,000)

The Pilot Local Jail Reporting Program (LJRP) is a new program under which Appriss will provide a pilot data set and technical assistance for BJS to assess the feasibility of collecting individual-level jail inmate administrative data through a cooperative agreement with Appriss.

Upon successful evaluation of pilot data, BJS will invite Appriss to apply for the full Local Jail Reporting Program, where Appriss will routinely supply all available jail administrative data to BJS.

The individual-level data collected under the LJRP will include law enforcement operational variables (e.g., arrest and booking timestamps, charge codes, release reasons, and bond amount), sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., race, sex, marital status, and place of birth), physical attributes (e.g., weight, height, and photo), and personal identification information (names, social security numbers, state and federal inmate ID numbers, date of birth, and address of residence). Currently, Appriss can provide data from 69% (2,036) of the jail facilities in the country.

To assess the feasibility and benefits of the LJRP, BJS will conduct a pilot study to evaluate the quality of Appriss jail booking data. For this pilot study, Appriss will provide a data set consisting of all individual-level historical and current booking records from three states—California, Texas, and Georgia—through the end of 2014. The data set will contain all available variables, including personal identifiers and links to photos. BJS will evaluate data quality by assessing data completeness, checking data validity and reliability, comparing jurisdiction-level inmate counts, admissions and releases to statistics from BJS collections, and linking jail booking records to BJS administrative datasets to check the quality of personal identifiers. Pending a successful pilot study of the data by BJS, Appriss will work with its data providers and jail jurisdictions to expand data coverage and reduce missing data on key variables, including state and national fingerprint identifiers.

Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.


Date Created: September 16, 2015