October 24, 2017
As part of a recent redesign, postconviction community supervision (PCCS) data was expanded in the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ (BJS) National Corrections Reporting Program (NCRP). The individual-level, multistate design of the NCRP data allow researchers to study the behavior of released offenders supervised in the community in a manner that was not previously possible. This article demonstrates the NCRP’s utility by providing novel descriptions of supervision populations. The purpose of this article is to inspire researchers to consider how these data might be applied in their own research. Descriptive statistics and data descriptions are provided as illustrations to generate discussion about future data use as BJS continues to expand the PCCS coverage across states and over time.