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Criminal Justice and Law Resources

Recommended Resources

In addition to the research resources listed below, Mount Union offers a number of recommended resources that will have additional information in your field of study.

Criminal Justice Research Databases

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive's

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive's website. Offers information about the agency and the different areas they evaluate. Also includes statistics about crimes included under their purview. Change to purview please.

Bureau of Industry and Security

Bureau of Industry and Security from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Offers information about enforcement of different policies and regulations relating to business.

Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center

This resource offers information about training law enforcement to have rapid and coordinated efforts, including the most up to date technology and techniques.

Bureau of Justice Statistics  

The mission of the BJS is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

Bureau of Justice Factbook

These resources provide a factbook of descriptions of the criminal justice systems of 45 countries around the world. Includes information on corrections, courts, crime type, employment, law enforcement, and victims.

The Central Intelligence Agency

Central Intelligence Agency's Library

This resource is composed of millions of pages that are released every year. The documents that are released are mostly public interest. The resource features different categories based on subject material and publishes and updates the online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments weekly. The directory is intended to be used primarily as a reference aid and includes as many governments of the world as is considered practical, some of them not officially recognized by the United States.

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text™ contains more than 400,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. Subject areas covered include: criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole.

Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

Archives of the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service magazine "Freedom Watch." Provides information about security techniques and different military strategies.

Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement

This resource offers information about the Easy Access to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement: 1997-2017. It provides access to different data tools related to crime.

FBI Resources

Supplementary Homicide Reports

Offers Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports. Includes data on victims, and known offenders.

Arrest Statistics from 1994-2014

Offers access to Easy Access FBI Arrest Statistics from 1994-2014. Data is easily customizable.

Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission. Offers information about the communication services offered by the FCC. Offers information about communications law.

Historical Statistics of the United States

A supplement to the Statistical Abstract of the United States; prepared by the Bureau of the Census with the cooperation of the Social Science Research Council.

Presents in compact form for ready reference, approximately 3,000 statistical time series which cover various periods from 1789 to 1970. These statistics reflect economic, social, and political development of the Nation slnce the Federal government was formally established. It is designed to serve two immediate needs. (1) To provide through brief descriptive text and precise source notes, a guide to the types of historical data available, so as to inform the user where future data can be obtained.

Homeland Security Digital Library

Offers information about different espionage techniques, safety protocols, access to books and journals about security. The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) is the nation’s premier collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. The HSDL is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.

Legal Collection

This database contains full text for more than 250 of the world's most respected, scholarly law journals. Legal Collection is an authoritative source for information on current issues, studies, thoughts and trends of the legal world.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts provides users with information thoroughly covering the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice. The database contains summaries of more than 190,000 publications including books, government reports, research reports, and unpublished research. It also includes content from 189 journals, including 12 with core coverage. Content dates range from 1970 to the present.

National Drug Intelligence Center

This resource provides strategic drug-related intelligence, document and computer exploitation support, and training assistance to the drug control, public health, law enforcement, and intelligence communities of the US.

National Institute of Corrections

This resource provides information about training and projects currently undertaken by the NIC, and offers access to the NIC library, which provides data and statistics relating to corrections.

National Institute of Justice

This resource features research about different solutions to crime. Includes resources about corrections facility, court information, crime and crime prevention, drugs and substance abuse information, juvenile statistics, forensic science, and victimization information. 

National Intelligence Press

This resource publishes work of NIU faculty, including information about espionage.

NCJRS (National Criminal Justice Reference Service) Abstracts Database

NIBRIS Data (National Incident-Based Reporting System)

This system was implemented to improve the overall quality of crime data collected by law enforcement, NIBRS captures details on each single crime incident—as well as on separate offenses within the same incident—including information on victims, known offenders, relationships between victims and offenders, arrestees, and property involved in crimes. Unlike data reported through the UCR Program’s traditional Summary Reporting System (SRS)—an aggregate monthly tally of crimes—NIBRS goes much deeper because of its ability to provide circumstances and context for crimes like location, time of day, and whether the incident was cleared.

NORC: Criminal Justice

With support from the NORC Center for Excellence in Survey Research and the partnership of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), NORC researchers developed a study of law enforcement officer safety and welfare (OSAW) to investigate risks and stressors, protective factors, behavioral health, and safety and health outcomes. Initial qualitative research with a focus group of representatives of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) from the mid-Atlantic region informed the design of the survey instrument, and a random sample of officers from 11 LEAs responded to the online survey. 

Office of Justice Program National Institute of Justice

This resource provides online resources for the NIJ Journal, which features articles to help criminal justice policymakers and practitioners stay informed about new developments in criminal justice.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

This is the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Provides information about funding, programs, state contracts, publications, research, and statistics about juvenile justice.

Ohio State and County Juvenile Court Case Counts

This resource offers information about the Easy Access to State and County Juvenile Court Case Counts. Offers data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive. 

Sage Statistics

SAGE Stats makes research easy by providing, in one place, annual measures dating back more than two decades. It features statistical data series created from more than 400,000 government and non-government datasets, covering popular topics of research interest for U.S. states, counties, cities, metropolitan areas, and ZIP codes. By harmonizing carefully-vetted data from multiple sources into the same format– allowing quick downloads, comparisons, and visualizations–SAGE Stats provides power and context for researchers at all levels.

SocINDEX

Index, abstracts, and full text covering sociology, including social behavior, human tendencies, interaction, relationships, community development, culture, and social structure are available.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
This resource includes:

  • Section 1- Characteristics of the criminal justice systems
  • Section 2- Public attitudes toward crime and criminal justice-related topics
  • Section 3- Nature and distribution of known offenses
  • Section 4- Characteristics and distribution of persons arrested
  • Section 5- Judicial processing of defendants
  • Section 6- Persons under correctional supervision

Thomas Reuters Westlaw Patron Access - Ohio Jurisprudence 3d

Access to Ohio Jurisprudence is available by navigating to the tab for “State Materials,” then clicking on “Ohio,” then look for “Secondary Sources,” where you will find Ohio Jurisprudence 3d.

Uniform Crime Report

The UCR Program's primary objective is to generate reliable information for use in law enforcement administration, operation, and management; over the years, however, the data have become one of the country’s leading social indicators. The program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation.

U.S. Courts

This site offers quick links to resources about jury selection, bankruptcy, forms, policies, court records, statistics and educational resources.

U.S. Customs and Border Control

This resource offers information about CBP, the history of the organization, policies of the organization, border security, and careers.

U.S. Department of Justice

This includes court cases, briefs, opinions and press releases.

U.S. Political Stats

You will need to verify this through OhioLINK with your Mount Union email and your Purple Plus Card. U.S. Political Stats is a data download and visualization tool that aids researchers in finding and understanding data on the three branches of the United States Government (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial). Designed to be intuitive for the novice researcher yet robust enough for senior political scientists, the site allows users to create graphs, charts, and maps to allow for a quick analysis of data trends. It’s the only site that contains the highly valued CQ Roll Call and CQ Press content which can be compared with other public and proprietary data.