Dr. Beck is the Principal Deputy Director at the Bureau of Justice Statistics. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology with a specialty in population studies and survey methods at the University of Michigan. Mr. Beck is currently responsible for all of BJS’s statistical collections and analyses. In addition, he is responsible for implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. He joined BJS in 1984 as statistician in the corrections statistics program. In 1990 he became the chief of the corrections program. Past work has included national studies of recidivism, estimation of the lifetime chances of going to State or Federal prison, analyses of trends in U.S. probation and parole populations, research related to rising incarceration rates, and studies of prisoner reentry.