Addendum to Widening the Lens 2008


The Vera Institute of Justice has learned that Widening the Lens 2008 reflects an undercount of detention admissions (secure and non-secure) for juvenile delinquency (JD) and persons in need of supervision (PINS) cases outside of New York City. Following the report’s release, a handful of counties indicated that local detention numbers in these categories were, in some cases, significantly higher than the numbers captured and maintained by the Juvenile Detention Automated System (JDAS), a centralized tracking system managed by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). This addendum, produced in partnership with OCFS, identifies the source of this discrepancy, offers revised figures where necessary, and reflects on their implications for future reports


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People in Jail and Prison in Spring 2021

Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) researchers collected data on the number of people in local jails and state and federal prisons throughout 2020 and into spring 2021. Vera researchers estimated the incarcerated population using a sample of approximately 1,600 jail jurisdictions, 50 states, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service (U ...

  • Jacob Kang-Brown, Chase Montagnet, Jasmine Heiss
June 07, 2021