Public Comment

National Inmate Survey: Public Comment

January 2020

In December 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a proposed comment addressing the types of information collected through the National Inmate Survey.

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Issue
The National Inmate Survey collects information on sexual victimization self-reported by inmates held in adult correctional facilities. It is the only comprehensive vehicle to monitor the safety of people who are incarcerated. Prior iterations of the survey have included questions to identify LGBT respondents.

Impact
The inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the National Inmate Survey allows researchers to identify incarcerated LGBT people and to evaluate their experiences of sexual victimization. If sexual orientation and gender identity questions were removed from the survey, researchers and policymakers would lack knowledge about the unique experiences of incarcerated LGBT people needed to develop appropriate interventions.

Summary
This comment calls for the continued inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity questions on the National Inmate Survey. The comment recommends that the survey retain the current question to identify sexual minorities and suggests modifications to the gender identity question.

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National Inmate Survey: Public Comment