BJS encourages comments for 60 days through June 17, 2022, on the reinstatement, with change, of a previously approved data collection for which approval has expired: National Inmate Survey in Jails (NIS– 4J). Your comments on BJS’s request to the Office of Management and Budget, which is published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—
- whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
- the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
- whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
- the burden of the data collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.
Through the NIS-4J, BJS will collect data on sexual victimization self-reported by inmates held in adult jails. Prior to data collection commencing in 2023, BJS will coordinate the logistics of NIS-4J survey administration with staff from jail jurisdictions and facilities.