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Justice statistics from the United Nations
     United Nations participating Research Institutes
     United Nations data collections
Official country websites
International datasets from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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Justice statistics from the United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is the principal source of comparative crime and justice statistics. The UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) promotes research and collaboration, studies new and emerging forms of crime, and produces documents to assist in the global fight against crime and drug abuse.

Within the ODCCP, the Centre for International Crime Prevention (CICP) maintains the Internet-based United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network (UNCJIN), which includes crime statistics and publications. This site provides an extensive list of links to the United Nations agencies and other research organizations and universities.

The Center also supports the work of intergovernmental bodies which set out an international strategy and measures to prevent crime and promote stable criminal justice systems. United Nations documents relating to these intergovernmental commissions and congresses are available online.

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    United Nations Data Collections

      The Global Report on Crime and Justice brings together, for the first time, enormous amounts of data that have been collected by the United Nations and ancillary bodies concerning crime, criminal justice and crime prevention. It focuses on the results of the first five United Nations Surveys of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (UNCJS), and is supplemented by the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS), the United Nations International Study on the Regulation of Firearms, many resolutions and papers produced by various United Nations bodies, as well as special contributions by many scholars, researchers, policy makers and administrators.

      Under the auspices of NIJ, the first five UNCJS Surveys, United Nations World Surveys on Crime Trends and Criminal Justice Systems, 1970-1994, have been restructured into a five-wave file, whereby the file structure and variable names have been standardized across years to allow these data to be analyzed more easily. This collection consists of 33 data files containing information on reported crime, police personnel and budget, prosecution, conviction, and sentencing for over 150 countries.

      The Sixth UNCJS Survey (1995-97) is available from the UNCJIN website.

      The International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) is a program of standardized sample surveys to look a householders' experience with crime, policing, crime prevention and feelings of unsafety in a large number of countries. It is coordinated by the Department of Justice of the Netherlands in conjunction with the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.

      Adopted on the recommendation of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its fourth session (Vienna, Austria, 30 May - 9 June, 1995), the United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation provides data on firearm regulation, including issues of ownership, possession and use; manufacturing and trade; smuggling and other illegal dealings; demographic and crime statistics; policy and public education initiatives; and the identification of key contact persons within participating countries.

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Official country websites

Many governments maintain websites devoted to that country's statistical agency or department responsible for justice, public safety, and/or law. The websites listed below are a sample of such websites which provide national crime or justice statistics.

Note: BJS cannot validate any data obtained from non-BJS sources, nor does BJS encourage comparisons of national data due to differences in classifications of crimes and methodological differences.

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International datasets from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, acquires, archives, processes, and provides access to electronic criminal justice data collections for research and instruction. The NACJD website provides downloadable access to hundreds of criminal justice data collections free of charge.

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Related sites

Crime/Criminal justice only | Demographic, economic, and other statistics

Crime/Criminal justice only

Demographic, economic, and other statistics



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