- Evaluation of BJS Programs:
- Ensuring the Quality, Credibility, and Relevance of U.S. Justice Statistics (2009)
Surveying Victims: Options for Conducting the National Crime Victimization Survey (2008)
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This year BJS will:
- Interview more than
135,000 citizens in about 76,000 households about any experiences they
may have had as crime victims.
- Describe characteristics and consequences of approximately 21 million criminal
- Analyze operations
of some 50,000 agencies, offices, courts, and institutions that together
comprise the justice system.
- Count populations and conduct sample surveys among the 7.2 million
adults who during an average day are subject to the care, custody, or
control of federal, state, and local criminal justice authorities.
- Maintain more than four dozen major data collection series from which
it publishes and distributes reports nationwide.
- Undertake special data collections and analyses to respond to programmatic,
policy, and legislative needs of the Department, the Administration,
Congress, and the criminal justice community.
- Maintain a website and data archive that has up to 24,000 visitors
a day, including scholars, students, policy-makers, the media, and others
around the world.
- Provide assistance to users in identifying sources of BJS information,
interpreting statistical data from BJS series and data collections,
and in understanding the methodologies of BJS surveys.
Data are published annually
- Criminal victimization
- Populations under
- Federal criminal
offenders and case processing
Periodic data series
of law enforcement agencies and correctional facilities
practices and policies
- State court case
- Felony convictions
of correctional populations
- Criminal justice
expenditure and employment
- Civil case processing
in State courts
- Special studies
on other criminal justice topics
BJS data collection activities
U.S. Bureau of the Census
collects data for most BJS statistical series
coordinates with other Department of Justice statistical programs, such
as the FBI's Uniform
Crime Reporting program and National Incident-Based Reporting System
the BJS Federal Justice Statistics Program
collects data from other Federal agencies, including the Executive Office
for U.S. Attorneys, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the
U.S. Sentencing Commission, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons
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BJS grant programs
BJS supports several funding programs including -
For more information about these programs and how to apply, see Funding.
- Criminal justice statistics programs
- Data collection and processing
- Statistical and methodological research
- Assistance to state, local, and tribal governments
- National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP
- State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program for Statistical Analysis Centers
- The NICS Act Record Improvement Programs for States and State Court Systems (NARIP)
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In this section:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS),
- Copies of BJS
reports and BJS mailing list information
- Criminal justice statistics and data assistance from information specialists
- Referrals to other sources of crime data
to BJS statistical information and reports - 800-851-3420
For information about ordering publications, see Publications on How
to Find BJS products.
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BJS archives data
files, documents them, and makes them available through the National
Archive of Criminal Justice Data.
Data files that are
maintained by NACJD are available for downloading from the Internet at
no charge. For information about contacting NACJD, see Datasets
and Codebooks on How to Find BJS products.
The central mission
of NACJD is to facilitate and encourage research in the field of criminal
justice through the sharing of data resources. NACJD provides--
data for the quantitative study of crime and the criminal justice system
- Technical assistance
in selecting data collections and the computer hardware and software
for analyzing data efficiently and effectively
- Training in quantitative
methods of social science research to facilitate secondary analysis
of criminal justice data
NACJD routinely receives
statistical data from four U.S. Department of Justice agencies:
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- National Institute
- Office of Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Federal Bureau
and researchers in the criminal justice field may also deposit data with
NACJD, and interested individuals should contact staff for more information
on this process.
Established in 1978,
NACJD headquarters are located, along with the central staff of Inter-university
Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), in the Institute
for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
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The Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center maintains the Bureau
of Justice Statistics Federal Justice Statistics Program database, which
contains information about suspects and defendants processed in the Federal
criminal justice system.
data are obtained from the -
- U.S. Marshals Service
- U.S. Attorneys
- Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
- U.S. Sentencing Commission
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
At the FJSRC website, you can:
- find out more about the BJS Federal Justice Statistics Program
a data dictionary that describes each element in the FJSP database
Query/search the FJSP database to quickly obtain customized
statistics describing Federal offenses and offenders such as the number
of defendants prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced in a given year
Federal criminal justice data sets for more in-depth analysis
all of the data archived at the FJSRC and the online data dictionary can
be purchased from the NCJRS Clearinghouse.
Currently, the FJSRC and the
web site are maintained by the Urban Institute through a cooperative agreement
with the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
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The ISAR database, maintained by the
Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), contains
current information about the research, activities, and publications of
the State Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) which conduct research and
analyze statistics concerning criminal justice issues of State interest.
ISAR is searchable
by State, keyword, and date and includes over 4,000 research projects,
publications, and other activities.
Publications & Presentations
- Corrections in the United States: Presentation by BJS Director James P. Lynch, Ph.D., Discussed trends in correctional populations, common perceptions of incarcerations, and the role of corrections in society on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” a television call-in and interview program. View presentation slides (Powerpoint (2M), CSV (14K) from the show). BJS reports on topics discussed include Jail Inmates at Midyear 2011 - Statistical Tables, Correctional Populations in the United States, 2010, Prisoners in 2010, and Prison and Jail Deaths in Custody, 2000-2009 - Statistical Tables.
- Crime in America: Presentation by BJS Director James P. Lynch, Ph.D., is now available. BJS reports on topics discussed include Criminal Victimization, 2009; Victims of Identity Theft, 2008; Victimization During Household Burglary; and Stalking Victimization in the United States.
- Positioning the Sourcebook
of Criminal Justice Statistics for the 21st Century - Executive Summary,
(83K Acrobat file) Results from a project that assessed the future of
the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics in light of current
and emergent technologies and the information environment. October 2004
- Bureau of Justice Statistics Customer
Feedback Survey, Results from a survey of document recipients about
what activities they perform, where they seek information, and how they
use statistics and BJS materials, August 2004
- Mail Survey of Recipients
of Bureau of Justice Statistics Print Publications
Results from a May, 1997 survey of traditional users of BJS printed
- Web statistics -- Measuring
user activity: An analysis of BJS website usage statistics
An analysis of the usage of the BJS website in late 1997.
- The Flow of Criminal Justice
Statistical Information by Electronic Means reports
on the results of a 1994 user survey to explore demand for BJS products
and how customers may use a variety of electronic means to meet their