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Law & Justice Research Guide

Agencies and Organizations

BJS is the primary statistical agency of the Department of Justice. The mission of BJS is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. BJS also provides financial and technical support to state, local, and tribal governments to improve both their statistical capabilities and the quality and utility of their criminal history records.

The DHS is committed to instilling a culture of relentless resilience, preventing future attacks against the United States and its allies, responding decisively to natural and man-made disasters, and advancing American prosperity and economic security long into the future. The DHS works to forge partnerships to strengthen public, private, and international cooperation and crowd-sourcing solutions that outpace the intentions of its adversaries.

The DoJ's mission is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. The DOJ has also registered dozens of data sets to, a clearinghouse for data from the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. 

A compilation of statistics from the Bureau of Justice which focuses on crime, criminals, judicial processing, corrections, etc. The UCR Program includes data from more than 18,000 city, university and college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. Agencies participate voluntarily and submit their crime data either through a state UCR program or directly to the FBI's UCR Program.

The JRSA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the use of nonpartisan research and analysis to inform criminal and juvenile justice decision making. JRSA's vision is to be the premier professional organization for all state justice researchers and statistical analysis centers that promotes the use of statistical data and research to guide policy and practice, creating more effective and responsive criminal justice system in the states. The JRSA also publishes a wide variety of fact sheets, research, and analytical reports - most of which are available for free.

The NACJD archives and disseminates data on crime and justice for secondary analysis. The archive contains data from over 2,700 curated studies or statistical data series. NACJD is home to several large-scale and well known datasets, including the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN).

The NCJJ is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and is the oldest juvenile justice research group in the United States. NCJJ is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is effective justice for children and families through research and technical assistance. For four decades, NCJJ has conducted research and provided objective, factual information that professionals and decision makers in the juvenile and family justice system use to increase effectiveness.

TRAC is a data gathering, data research and data distribution organization at Syracuse University. The purpose of TRAC is to provide the American people - and institutions of oversight such as Congress, news organizations, public interest groups, businesses, scholars and lawyers - with comprehensive, independent, and nonpartisan information about the federal government's staffing, spending, and enforcement activities.

The U.S Courts website serves to provide information about the Judicial Branch and its work which includes information regarding federal courts, judges, court records, and more. The U.S Courts website also provides statistical data and analysis on the business of the federal Judiciary; specific publications address the work of the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts; the probation and pretrial services systems; and other components of the U.S. courts.

Crime Statistics