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National Criminal Justice Resources for Reporters, Students and Everyone Else

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For reporters, it’s essential to reach knowledgeable specialists who will save you time by providing quotable information, helpful documents via download and referrals to knowledgeable, media friendly experts. There are hundreds of sources for criminal justice information, and only a few are listed here (see web site “contact us” for phone numbers). Please use the “open hyperlink” option.


There are two primary sources/web sites for criminal justice information. The Office of Justice Programs ( is the umbrella organization for a variety of federal criminal justice and statistical efforts. The most useful organizations are the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Both provide lists of publications that are useful for story purposes. Their subject specialists are always helpful, and will refer you to other media friendly experts and resources.


Another good national site is the National Criminal Justice Reference Service ( another OJP funded organization. Their subject specialists (see “Contact NCJRS”) are there to refer you to relevant organizations and experts. They will also refer you to web sites for quick document downloads.


Other useful organizations


Crime Statistics: 


The FBI (

(For information on national, state and local crimes “reported” to law enforcement).


The Bureau of Justice Statistics (

(For information on national crime surveys for “total” crime figures, see the “Criminal Victimization in the United States” series).


Crime Prevention Information :


National Crime Prevention Institute ()


National Crime Prevention Council (


Federal Bureau of Investigation (


National Institute of Justice

Bureau of Justice Assistance



Law Enforcement:


The Police Executive Research Forum (


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (


The National Sheriff’s Association (


The Police Foundation (


Offender Reentry, Corrections, Sentencing Policy:


US Dept. of Justice, National Institute of Corrections (


The American Correctional Association (


American Parole and Probation Association (


American Jail Association   (


International Community Corrections Association ( )


Re-entry Policy Council (


Pew Public Safety Performance Project (




National Center for State Courts ()


Victim Issues:


The National Organization for Victim Assistance (


Office for Victims of Crime (


Everything Else:


National Criminal Justice Association (


Criminal Justice Journalists ()

(Good tools for crime reporters. Sign up for daily news summary)


IJIS Institute, (90 percent federal funded to promote national justice IT standards to share information among agencies)