The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with nearly 1.5 million adults in state or federal prisons and nearly 750,000 individuals held in jails in 2017. More than 400,000 correctional officers serve in county, state, and federal detention facilities, often facing stressful working conditions and mandatory overtime. Correctional facilities around the nation struggle with the costs and safety risks of staff shortages and attrition. Corrections stakeholders need high-quality data on key aspects of facility operations, including officer workload issues, inmate risk assessment and service delivery strategies, and other emerging issues relevant to correctional facilities. Research-based solutions are key to making correctional facilities safer and healthier for both those who work and live in them.
Our experts lead research, evaluation, and training and technical assistance efforts to improve corrections system outcomes. We provide high-quality data collection and analysis to inform decision-making for corrections stakeholders at the national, state, and local levels. Through our involvement in several ongoing, federally funded corrections studies, we have decades of experience collecting data from correctional agency administrators, facility administrators, correctional officers, and incarcerated individuals.