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Bureau of Justice Statistics
Collects, analyzes, and publishes statistics on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the
criminal justice system.
FBI Uniform Crime Reports
Good resource for crime statistics. Contains crime reports compiled by the FBI, including Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and various other special publications.
FindLaw: Criminal Law
Contains information on criminal law including victims' rights, criminals' rights, types of crime, the stages of the criminal process, and more.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Federally funded clearinghouse of justice and substance abuse information.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts
This database contains summaries of more than 180,000 criminal justice publications.
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice
Over 600 data sets covering aspects of the criminal justice system including public opinion,
nature of criminal offense, demographics of criminal, judicial processing and incarceration
United Nations Office on Drug and Crime
Source for worldwide information and statistics on drug abuse and crime.
United States Department of Justice
Starting point for locating information about law enforcement and crime prevention from the