by Chris Smith
Last Updated Nov 8, 2022
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About Criminal Justice Data & Statistics
This guide provides links to selected sources of data and statistics for Criminal Justice. Suggestions for additional data categories or for data, data sets, or statistics that may have been missed would be appreciated.
coverage. This brief explains why the FBI data is an inconclusive measure of crime in the United States and presents analysis of an additional, less-discussed source of crime data: the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
After a decade’s worth of data collection and engagement with county agencies and state courts, it’s become abundantly clear to us that willing and motivated communities simply do not have enough access to their own data to start making sense of what’s happening in their local criminal justice systems. In some cases, the data aren’t there—no one collects them. In other cases, the data are there but are protected by law or administrative discre- tion. Finally, the data are sometimes just too incomplete or messy to use—missing data fields, inconsistent taxonomies, or, sadly, handwriting no one can read.