Crime, Law and Related Links
- Amnesty International's attack on the U.S. system of punishment. They find "a persistent and widespread pattern of human rights violations" in the U.S.
- OSAC Public Newsletters, under the "Resource Library" section, includes reports on international:
- Safety and Security
- White Collar Crime
- Crime and Safety Reports
- Crime & Law Enforcement
- Crisis & Risk Management
- Universities and Colleges
- Human Rights Watch
Various Reports or News statements (there are many to choose from:
- 2010. The World. About 90 countries. The full report is 4 mbs, or you can pick a country. Yes, the U.S. is there too.
- 2009. The Sky Is the Limit for People with Disabilities. "The US Department of Transportation received 17,068 disability-related complaints against airline carriers in 2009."
- 2008. Afghanistan: Civilian Deaths From Airstrikes
- 2007. Mandatory Deportation Laws Harm American Families
- 2006. "The Second Assault: Obstructing Access to Legal Abortion in Mexico," by Marianne Mollmann. This study deals with the specific topic of girls and women who try to get abortions after they are impregnated by their rapist.
- 2005. ICC Takes Key Step to Bring Justice to Darfur
- 2004. Did President Bush Order Torture?
- 2004. Guantanano: Detainee Accounts
- 2004. The Legal Prohibition Against Torture
Rights Information Network uses
the UN's convention on the rights of the child as their inspiration. Filled
with links to the state of children in the world. There is a search engine
that is wonderful. There's an amazing amount of information at this site.
- Nation Master. Numerous details, including crime, health, education, etc., about many countries in the world. You'll also find maps useful for locating a country in the world, along with flags. Beware of data sources.
- International Centre for Prison Studies. A group with various resources. Recently they had Elliot Currie through to talk for their 10th anniversary.
- International Crime Victims Survey. A survey of victimization in about fourteen countries. The data are also available for analysis.
- International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour
- Global Alliance for Justice Education A relatively new organization that seeks to advance justice education, especially in developing countries.
- International Victimology Website. Current practices and research in victimology/criminology. This site has a Victimology Research database and a Victim Services and Victimization Prevention database. There are also quite a few documents and publications, by country.
- Privacy and Human Rights. " Privacy International (PI) is a human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance and privacy invasions by governments and corporations." This site examines issue in over 50 countries. See their scathing report on respect for privacy by ISCs as they race for market share, "A Race to the Bottom - Privacy Ranking of Internet Service Companies"
- "Establishing Law and Order After Conflict", the July, 2005 RAND report examines how (well) the US messes with nations around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and others. The uses data on violence, crime, and other information. It includes recommendations.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. See their recent "Fighting Transnational Organized Crime." Subscribe to their newsletter. This site has the subsections of news/publications, drug abuse and demand reduction, drug supply reduction, terrorism, corruption and human trafficking, treaty and legal affairs, and analysis and statistics.
- National Constitutions from around the world.
- UNAIDS, the lead agency on AIDS around the world. This site contains reports on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
- American Society of International Law You can examine International Law in Brief (way cool, and it's free).
- The Office of International Criminal Justice. There is little there but a newsletter to subscribe to.
- United Nations Interregional Crime & Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). A nicely done site. UNICRI has a lot of international criminology resources, including information on 470+ institutes around the world, a searchable bibliography, a thesaurus, and related information.
- The Canadian Access to Justice Network provides a very useful look of things Canadian and much, much more.
- Public Security in Quebec.
- Crime Research Centre, University of Western Australia
- Statutes and Regulations of Canada
- The Canadian Criminal Justice Association
- The Federal Court of Canada
- The International Community Corrections Association
- United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network, a global criminal justice information and crime prevention network.
- Criminal Justice Resources for:
Sixth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (1995 - 1997). In pdf or excel formats. The 2000 Global Report on Crime and Justice is available too. This site is now subsumed by The Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
- United Kingdom
- the Russian Federation
- Japan and the Japan Policy Research Institute (JPRI) Working Papers. Another Japanese (or other Asian) source is the Japan Documentation Center (JDC) of the Library of Congress.
- Abridged [English] Version" of "Second Periodical Report on Crime and Crime Control in Germany"
- A Ministry of Justice, London survey on the attitudes of UK crime victims about punishing offenders. Victims are often less punitive in desires for offender sanctions than you might think.
- Scandinavian Research Council
- "Delinquent Behaviour
in Nordic Capital Cities", 2007.
- Finland, "Homicide
in Finland, 2002-2006", 2007.
- Mima Piispa et al., "Violence
Against Women in Finland",
1997 - 2005.
Tocuyito Prison in Venezuela (in spanish)
These agencies and issues are probably self explanatory.
- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
- The California Highway Patrol
- The CIA
- Community Policing Consortium. An extensive collection.
- Community Policing Pages. Other resources on community oriented policing.
- Community Policing in Local Police Departments, 1997 and 1999
Policing in Chicago, Years Five-Six: An Interim Report (highlights).
Take this link to the full
text (in pdf) of the report.
- Congressional Budget Office, Comparing the Pay of Federal and Nonfederal Law Enforcement Officers. Here's how much federal vs. non-federal law enforcement officers make.
- CyberCrime from the Australian Institute of Criminology
- The United States Department of Justice
- The Drug Enforcement Administration DEA
- The Federal
Bureau of Investigation. The FBI is now expanding its database on individuals
considerably, which has led to raised eyebrows and serious concern by the
ACLU, among others. The Scout
Report recently included these links to help us understand what is
happening and why it is controversial:
- A CNN show that draws attention to the issue
- FBI planning an award for a biometric database
- Center for Identification Technology Research contains information about the state of the kind of research that the FBI is proposing/doing
- CBC Archives: The Long Lens of the Law looks at the creepy side of closed circuit television and privacy
- Biometrics.gov and Latent Print Examination provide additional information to understand and appreciate these developments.
- The Federal
Trade Commission . Are you on the do not call list?
International Association of Chiefs of Police
The eighty year old international crime fighting organization with over one hundred eighty nations as members. There are international crime statistics and a lot of other resources, including Interpol's publication, the International Criminal Police Review. There is information here on: terrorism, Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity, Children and Human Trafficking, Property Crime, Drugs, Financial crime, Corruption, Forensic, Information Technology Crime, Criminal Intelligence Analysis, and others
- Office of Tribal Justice.This brings
together various agencies with jurisdiction over Native American Indian jurisdictions.
If you take the Tribal Issues
link, you find the following:
United States Attorneys' Offices. The vast majority of criminal prosecutions for felony crimes committed within Indian country are handled by United States Attorneys' Offices. The designated Tribal Liaison within United States Attorneys' Offices may be contacted regarding issues that arise in Indian Country. The United States Attorneys' Offices have identified five basic priorities on which to focus in Indian country: (1) Homeland security, (2) Violent crimes, (3) Indian gaming, (4) White collar crime, and (5) Jurisdictional issues.It may be of interest to compare Native American Indian perspectives on the history and contemporary view of themselves. One place to get this online is through the relatively new American Indian Museum, apparently the last museum to be built on the row in D.C. One exhibit entitled, "Who Stole the Teepee?", is worth examining. However, a tour of this museum is eye-opening to the unprepared visitor. Friendly and very knowledgeable staff there introduce patrons to the history of treaties and the treatment of American Indians in this country--a history that obviously does not put our government's past actions in the most favorable light.
- Leo's Law
Enforcement Links is also extensive
- Law Enforcement Technology. A monthly magazine for law enforcement.
- Google's list of crime map project sites.
- National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). A joint project between the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which will at some point hopefully replace the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. The NIBRS includes data on 22 offense categories and makes a variety of improvements to existing FBI data. Perhaps half the states have joined. Data on arson are still collected as poorly as under the old FBI system, but at least they're trying something new.
Policing, RAND Center on Quality
- The National Security Agency. Here's an agency with some money to devote to web page frills.
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
- The US Customs and Border Protection
- The US Secret Service
- The TRAC FBI Web Site. This is an interesting site with information about the FBI. D. Burnham's 8/97 article in The Nation that critically reviewed the FBI was based in part on this data source.
in Law Enforcement, 1987-2008. While there are some gains overall
the picture is that the proportion of women in law enforcement has plateaued.
- The World Factbook of the CIA. Data are available for over 250 countries. This version of the Factbook supersedes prior editions.
- Miscellaneous critique and evaluation:
- New Arrests of Pregnant Women (Alabama). A continuous update of women arrested because they are pregnant and allegedly ingesting drugs: the policing of pregnancy. This is an advocacy group devoted to protecting reproductive rights, especially those of minority women--one of the major targets of the war on drugs. As noted on their home page, "By focusing on the rights of pregnant women, NAPW broadens and strengthens the reproductive justice, drug policy reform, and other interconnected social justice movements in America today."
- Copwatch, a web site of complaints filed against police officers.
- Human Rights Watch, Shielded from Justice: Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States of America . A major report on the use of excessive force by police officers, and the problems of officer accountability for fourteen representative cities from late 1995 and early 1998.
- Use of Force by the Police , in PDF, from NIJ and BJS. A review of the literature on this important topic.
- Stand Up Against Police Brutality and the Criminalization of a Generation and their list of resources on police brutality.
- Online papers about the police by Gary
- Writings on social sontrol and policing