CRIME DATA SOURCES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE:
How Crime Data is Collected, Analyzed, and Put to
SHORTCUTS ON THIS PAGE:COMPREHENSIVE SITES, TOPICAL SITES, STATE-BY-STATE SITES.
Probably the most extensive source of information on criminal justice in the world.
NCJRS is a group of clearinghouses supporting all the bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Bureau
of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Bureau of
Justice Assistance (BJA), the Office of
Victims of Crime (OVC), and the Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
For federal prisoners, see the BOP.
- Bridging Gaps in Police Data
- pdf document by Michael Maltz
- Data Analysis in the Social
Sciences - a short list of repositories, mostly polling data, from this Univ. of Texas
- Government Printing Office -
Nearly 10,000 books, pamphlets for sale.
- Institute for Government Studies -
IGS at Berkeley is a major policy think tank.
- Interuniversity Consortium for Political
and Social Research The ICPSR is a consortium of colleges and universities where
researchers have archived their latest research projects. Over 500 online data
collections. Good source for secondary data analysis. Recommended.
- Justice Research and Policy (JRSA) Online
journal and other information from the Justice Research and Statistics Association. A nice
- SEARCH: National Consortium for Justice Information and
Statistics A non-profit organization dedicated to providing cutting-edge information.
Most files are viewable from within your browser.
- National Center on Institutions and
Alternatives - ranks the states in terms of where it is
safest from crime. For city rankings, see Morgan
Quinto Press. or visit Money
Magazine's Best Places to Live.
- National Criminal Justice Association
An association that lobbies for lawmakers to utilize more research findings. Most files
are viewable from within your browser.
- National Police Use of Force Database A
project by the International Assoc of Chiefs of Police.
- National Victim Center Comprehensive site for
victim-related information, such as status of stalking statutes, current lawsuits, and
- Research Resources for the Social Sciences
- A colorful, easy-to-use guide to the major search engines for social science research,
from Carleton University.
Science Gateways on the Net - An extensive set of links to sites providing data on a
wide variety of social science topics: poverty-related resources, political reform sites,
polling data, and other statistical archives. Huge.
- Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
This is the online version of the annual SOURCEBOOK published by SUNY-Albany. Over 600
tables of data on just about any topic imaginable. Perfect tables, charts, and diagrams
for importing into term papers. Recommended.
- State Information Authorities
Indexed state-by-state by Cecil Greek. All states have one of these grant
and research clearinghouses.
Resources on the Web - a useful site from the University
of Michigan's Documents Center, links to resources, online databases, and archived
datasets of every kind, from agriculture to crime to weather, , with
Sociology section probably the best.
- Syracuse Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Info on laws enforced and crimes handled by federal law enforcement agencies: FBI, DEA,
ATF, IRS, requires password, but free sections include About the Law, a guide to
3,000 fed statutes.
- Uniform Crime Reports The UCR is published by the
FBI as our "official" crime rate and is searchable by city and state; this link
takes you to the FBI's home page as I got tired of tracking down their data site.
- Aging - Reports and
projected trends for the aging U.S. population.
- Campaign Contributions -
Who's influencing whom with how much money.
- Campus Crime - U.S. Academic
- Child Abuse & Neglect
- Numbers from DHHS.
- Child Homicides -
State-by-state numbers on this, suicides & more from the Children's Defense Fund.
- Death Penalty - A top-rated site for any
state-by-state information about this phenomenon.
- Demographics - A
nicely-done, MegaList of demographic data sites.
- Domestic Violence - BJS figures
on crimes against women; also see Cybrrgirl
& Elder Abuse page.
- Firearms Violence - Extensive archives from the
Violence Policy Center.
- Foster Care &
Adoption - U.S. statistics available via CASA.
- Hate Crime Statistics - The latest
numbers available from the FBI.
- Regular year-by-year counts from the INS.
- Intelligence - The latest proficiency
scores and other indicators of school achievement for the youth of America, from the
- Police Brutality -
State-by-state analysis from Human Rights Watch.
- Poverty - Multiple
measures, including yearly thresholds, from the Census Bureau; for a MegaList of
Poverty-related sites, see the Wisconsin
- Public Opinion
- The Roper Center is probably the best, followed by the Gallup
Organization, followed by the more politically-oriented Polling Report
and Public Agenda Online, and don't forget the MegaList of Survey Research Centers.
- The number of people who attend church every week.
Statistics - Figures on births, diseases, and deaths from the CDC.
Violence - The latest numbers from OSHA.
Also available: Guide to the State
For Law Enforcement sites: see Related Mega-List:
For Influential Nonprofit Agencies: see CJ ThinkTanks
Last updated 02/14/04
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