Telephone interviews were conducted with respondents within the departments of corrections in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. These telephone interviews provided vital background information for the design of the Inventory questionnaires, and also supplemented data on the capabilities of corrections information systems. In 1998 two surveys, the Inventory of Data Elements in State and Federal Corrections Information Systems (Inventory survey) and the Survey of Retrieval and Query Capacities of Corrections Information Systems (Obstacles survey), were mailed to information officers in 50 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Urban Institute staff collected, verified, and coded responses. Data entry and analysis, as well as the preparation of the final report was performed by Urban Institute staff. All 52 departments responded to the Inventory survey and 51 responded to the Obstacles survey.
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