The National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP) compiles offender-level data on admissions to and releases from prisons and post-confinement community supervision programs. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has administered the NCRP since 1983. State departments of correction and community supervision provide these data, which are used at the federal and state levels to monitor the nation’s correctional population and address policy questions related to recidivism, prisoner reentry, and trends in demographic characteristics of correctional and community supervision populations.
In 2010 and again in 2015, BJS awarded a grant to Abt Associates to conduct the annual data collections and implement BJS’s vision of an enhanced and expanded NCRP system that provides timely and useful information to federal and state policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. Abt’s responsibility includes assisting states in preparing NCRP data submissions, linking other federal datasets to NCRP data, and collaborating with BJS and NCRP respondents to develop new policy-relevant data analyses and reports.
- The Bureau of Justice Statistics released the Prisoners in 2016 report, which is based on data collected in the NCRP project.