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Survey of Inmates in Federal Correctional Facilities (SIFCF)

Data Collection Status
1991, 1997, and 2004
Latest Data Available
Data Experts
Lauren G. Beatty, BJS Statistician
Tracy Snell, BJS Statistician
Collection Period
1991, 1997, and 2004
First conducted in 1991 by a joint effort between BJS and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The survey is conducted concurrently with the SISCF and includes the same data items: individual characteristics of prison inmates, current offenses and sentences, characteristics of victims, criminal histories, family background, gun possession and use, prior drug and alcohol use and treatment, medical and mental health history and treatment, educational programs and other services provided while in prison, as well as other personal characteristics. Data were collected through personal interviews with a nationally representative sample of inmates held in Federally-owned and -operated facilities. The survey utilized a two-stage sample design in which prisons were selected in the first stage and inmates within prisons were selected in the second stage.

With the 2016 implementation, the survey was renamed the Survey of Prison Inmates.

Date Created: May 26, 2009