Planning, Research & Statistics
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.
Bret (Kristofer) Bucklen, Ph.D., Director | 717. 728.4051
Key Indicators Dashboard
The charts on the Key Indicators Dashboard
(pdf) provide a dashboard of key statistical indicators for the Department of Corrections (DOC). 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 DOC’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
6) inmate on inmate assault rates.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (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 the joint DOC/PBPP operations dashboard
which affect the prison population include:
Interviews: Parole Board capacity for scheduling and conducting parole interviews
Pending Release: Inmates approved for parole but still pending release from prison for various reasons
Release: The number of inmates released onto parole supervision, either in a community corrections center (halfway house) or at home
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.