- Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2018
- Jails in Indian Country, 2019–2020 and the Impact of COVID-19 on the Tribal Jail Population
- Criminal Victimization, 2020
- Suicide in Local Jails and State and Federal Prisons, 2000–2019 – Statistical Tables
- Census of Jails, 2005–2019 – Statistical Tables
- Services for Crime Victims, 2019
- Federal Deaths in Custody and During Arrest, 2018–2019 – Statistical Tables
This report is the seventeenth in a series produced by BJS. It details the number of applications for background checks for firearm transfers and permits received by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and state and local checking agencies. It reports the number of denials issued by these agencies and the reasons for denial. It also describes the types of permits or checks used by each state.
COVID-19 Spurs 25% Drop in Inmates Held in Local Jails
Note: Data are last weekday in June 2019 and the last weekday for each month from January to June 2020. In full report, see table 1 for counts and appendix table 1 for standard errors.
- From March to June 2020, about 208,500 inmates received expedited release in response to COVID-19.
- During the pandemic, jail facilities became less crowded, as indicated by the decrease in occupied bed space from 81% at midyear 2019 to 60% at midyear 2020.
- The number of inmates held for a misdemeanor declined about 45% since midyear 2019, outpacing the decline in the number of inmates held for a felony (down 18%).
- The percentage of inmates held for a felony increased from 70% at midyear 2019 to 77% at midyear 2020.
- From March to June 2020, jails conducted 215,360 inmate COVID-19 tests. More than 11% of these tests were positive.