Crime, Law and Related Links
General Information About Crime
- The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics contains a massive amount of quantitative information about offending and offenders, including self-report, victimization and police sources, along with information about the police, courts, corrections, prevention and attitudes about crime. This terrific resource is up again with 2011 data, which is updated monthly. In order to download these files you will need to install Adobe's Acrobat software, which is free.
- European Sourcebook of Crime and Criminal Justice Statistics. Our European friends' counterpart to the U.S. Sourcebook.
- University of Michigan Statistical Resources. Enter "crime." in the search engine. This site link provides a pretty good collection of crime related resources for general users. You can also go to their site index for more specific (or general) information.
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation's 2011 (and earlier) Crime in the United States, which is available in either html, excel and/or pdf; the latter requires (free) Acrobat software. This site also contains hate crime data; current and past issues of the Law Enforcement Bulletin ; NCIC --National Crime Information Center publication; NIBRS, and others.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics: Reports. Here's a gateway to an agency with a vast number of reports on crime.
- TRAC Monthly Bulletins on a range of agencies--ATF, DEA, FBI, Immigration and IRS--as well as Program Bulletins: Internal Security, White Collar Crime, Narcotics, Weapons, Civil Rights, Offricial Corruption, Environment, Organized Crime and Government Regulatory.
- EveryBlock's Chicago. This is a way cool database of crime for the city of Chicago, which is tied in with Google somehow, so that you get Google maps of Chicago's crime issues. There's also a dashboard widget.
- Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) and its mirror sites in the United Kingdom and Australia. The CESSDA facilitates the distribution and sharing of electronic data for social science education and research in Europe.
- The Crime Mapping Research Center. This site is devoted to crime mapping and spatial analysis. Mapping Crime: Principle and Practice, in pdf. This is about three and a half megabytes. A detailed look at the crime mapping phenomenon.
- Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center (FJSRC), funded by the US BJS and maintained by the Urban Institute.
- Counting California. Lots of statistics about California, including those related to crime.
- Geostat: Geospatial and Statistical Data Center. Take the link to the "Scholar lab." Useful information such as annotated listings of graphical and statistical inks, instructional materials relevant to social and hard sciences, and much more.
- This Number Crunchers Precision Journalism web site displays the eight UCR Index Offenses for major cities in easy-to-read tables in 2011.
- The National Criminal Justice Reference Service is a key place to search (click here) for a wide variety of documents on crime and criminal justice. Some documents are available for free and others for a fee. The NCJRS Abstracts Database is also on-line. It has abstracts for over 210,000 justice publications, including government documents, books, journal articles, unpublished reports, vdeos and other matters from the 1970's-present. This resource is updated and free for many items.
- Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (Michigan).
- IASSIST - International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology
- Murray Research Center. This research center claims to have the "nation's largest social science data archive on human development across the life span." It is a nicely laid out site and provides free help but data requests require application/registration. This seems to be a researcher's dream come true.
- The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect at Cornell University.
- The General Social Survey Data and Information Retrieval System (GSSDIRS) is available. This is a data set that has been almost continuously collected since the early 1970s. It has relevant data on opinions and facts about crime, bibliographies, question wordings, reports, case-level analysis and sub-setting, trend tables, and much more. If this is not satisfactory you may wish to try the GSS Surveys at this web page. Once you arrive there go to Q SOFT or Social Sciences Resources.
- The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data contains over 500 data collections relating to criminal justice. The site provides you with both documentation and a means of downloading information.
- The Data Archive of the University of Essex has over 7,000 databases (!) of secondary data for analysis. The site also contains information about funding opportunities.
- Atlas of United States Mortality by race, region, gender, etc.
- RACE Are We So Different? A helpful link for researchers and kids about what race means. Instructive in thinking about crime.
- Foreclosure to Homelessness: the Forgotten Victims of the Subprime Crisis. One step away from more serious problems. From the National Coalition for the Homeless. Also see their 2010 Hate Crimes Organizing Manual.
- SEARCH -- The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. A nonprofit consortium whose major objective is to assist local and state justice agencies in information exchange.There are special projects on Drug Courts, the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), Law Enforcement IT, Integrated Justice and others. There is a lot more here.
- State and County QuickFacts -- US Census. You can readily access frequently needed Census Bureau information here at the national, state, and county level. Another fabulous resource for those needing numbers.
- Department of Health and Human
Services-Substance Abuse. See their recent
data on the connection between
mental illness and drugs.
- The latest National Crime Victimization Survey, Criminal
Victimization, 2008, published in 2010.
- Student Victimization in U.S. Schools: Results From the 2007 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (published 8/10)
- The National Center for Education Statistics has
a great deal of information on safety in the schools. See their Indicators
of School Crime and Safety.
- Center for Disease Control, Report on Nation's Health.
- "American Sexual Behavior: Trends, Socio-Demographic Differences, and Risk Behavior," by Tom W. Smith at NORC. Offers reliable estimates on the annual (max 4%) and lifetime (max 17%) prevalence of extramarital affairs, among other relevant statistics. Look at the popular media for reasons most peope are misinformed about the issue. People seeking to justify affairs or other nonconventional sex activities will not find support for their activities in this study of what behavior people report they actually do.
- The Census of Population and Housing contains 2010 and earlier Census data, even in spreadsheet form, for US jurisdictions, population counts for the US and world, etc.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Welfare caseload information by state, before and after welfare reform. Updated regularly.
- The The 2011 Statistical Abstract--the genuine article, with links to all prior census data going back to 1878. The current report is in Excel format but earlier ones are in pdf. There is a subject index but it's a little hard to find the statistical tables you need.
- The World Wide Web Virtual Library offers a topical search engine and links to the on-line legal community in the US. This site is maintained by the Bloomington, Indiana School of Law.
- The Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, a nifty, updated collection of firms that face class action lawsuits, brought to you by the Stanford Law School."The Securities Class Action Clearinghouse provides detailed information relating to the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. "
- FACTNet International Digest, a non-profit Internet digest, library, news service, dialogue center, and archive dedicated to the defense and promotion of global free speech, free thought, and privacy rights.
- Fedworld, a good federal web site search engine.
- The Government Printing Office has the Congressional Record, the full text of bills, and unrestricted access to the Federal Register, among many other items of interest.
- The latest U.S. Government Printing Office's Federal Register Database.
- Pandemic Flu Home
- Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) Science and Engineering Statistics Publications, data, and analyses about the nation's science and engineering resources
- SSU Library's subject guide to crime information.
- Comparison of statistical packages for people who analyze data--free and fee based.
A site that is about to go national is http://www.mapsexoffenders.com/. The name says it all.