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Research & Statistics

Bret (Kristofer) Bucklen, Ph.D., Director
(717) 728-4051 
This office is responsible for directing the ongoing planning, research, statistics and grant activities of the department. This includes coordinating departmental research initiatives; preparing various planning and research reports based on correctional databases; implementing standards, guidelines and procedures for state research and data analysis activities; identifying and defining correctional planning and research problems; preparing research models appropriate to the problem; developing instrumentation and procedures for data measurement; collecting and analyzing data; submitting recommendations for departmental research and evaluation priorities.

Key Indicators Dashboard

The charts linked on this page -- Click HERE to view charts -- provide a dashboard of key statistical indicators for our department.
These indicators represent important measures of the pulse of our system and allow viewers to get a sense of how policy and legislative changes may or may not be impacting our department’s operations over time.
The goal is to provide these key indicators transparently and in one place.
Key indicators include: 1) DOC population vs. capacity, 2) prison admissions by type, 3) inmate to staff ratios, 4) inmate on staff assault rates, 5) inmate misconduct rates, and 6) inmate on inmate assault rates. 
Click HERE to view charts
(clicking an individual chart will enlarge it to full page)
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NEW!!! DOC/PBPP Dashboard
 Click on the image to access the dashboard
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) and the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP) are jointly responsible for managing various administrative processes that are key drivers of the state prison population. These key areas of joint DOC/PBPP operations which affect the prison population include:
  1. Interviews - Parole Board capacity for scheduling and conducting parole interviews
  2. Pending Release - Inmates approved for parole but still pending release from prison for various reasons
  3. Release - The number of inmates released onto parole supervision, either in a community corrections center (halfway house) or at home
  4. Parole Violator – Re-admission to PA DOC custody for a parole violation
The primary objective of this dashboard is to provide a tool for monitoring/managing progress towards improvements in these areas which will enable more efficient management of the prison population. By achieving improvements in these areas, the ultimate outcomes will be cost reduction, public safety enhancement, and prison population reduction.
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Interactive Map - Inmate Releases by County/Year

Click here to access the interactive map that shows inmate admissions by specific county and year.