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Bureau of Justice Statistics: Census of Jails (COJ) 2024


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) seeks applications for funding to develop a web-based survey to collect 2024 Census of Jails (COJ) data from approximately 2,900 local jails and to process and deliver the data to BJS.

Donor Name: Bureau of Justice Statistics

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 07/25/2023

Size of the Grant: $950,000

Grant Duration: 21 months


OJP is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety, and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community.

With this solicitation, BJS seeks to fund the collection of 2024 Census of Jails (COJ) data. The award recipient will update BJS’s jail frame, develop a web-based instrument, and collect, process, and deliver the COJ datasets. The recipient will also be responsible for conducting related activities to increase the response rate and improve data quality.

This program furthers the DOJ’s mission by gathering critical criminal justice data from local jails and federal detention facilities and providing these data to support innovative strategies to handle the challenges confronting the criminal justice system.


The COJ is a primary source for data on jail population, facility characteristics, and jail programs in the United States. It also provides the jail frame for BJS jail establishment surveys and inmate surveys. The goals of the 2024 COJ data collection are to—

  • update BJS’s jail frame by verifying eligibility status of all agencies on BJS’s current jail frame and identifying eligible jails that are not on the frame
  • collect high-quality data from local jails through effective outreach and follow-up activities
  • process and deliver the COJ dataset to BJS.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $950,000
  • Award Ceiling: $950,000
  • Award Floor: $475,000
  • Period of Performance: 21 months

Eligibility Criteria

  • Small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education.

For more information, visit Grants.gov.

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