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Government Documents: Criminal Justice

International, Federal, State, and Local, Government Documents at the Morrow Library of Marshall University

Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice & Criminology?

The term criminal justice refers to an area of knowledge concerned with understanding and controlling crime through the scientific administration of police, courts, and correctional agencies. Criminology is a related, yet distinct area of study focusing on the causes of criminal behavior through the use of social scientific methodology. Criminal justice and criminology are interdisciplinary fields that draw upon the knowledge bases of sociology, psychology, law, public policy and other related disciplines to develop insights into the causes and prevention of criminal behavior.


Homeland Security Digital Library, 1979 - present 
Contains over 65,000 important full text U.S. government documents, as well as documents from universities, organizations, and local and state agencies. Includes cyber crime, border security, gangs, school violence, piracy, terrorism, etc.


U.S. Government Sites

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives: Library
Links to publications on the work of the department, an agency of the U.S. Justice Department.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
This site compiles a wide variety of criminal justice statistics published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, part of the U.S. Justice Department.

Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool 
Data on campus safety and security from the U.S. Department of Education.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Correctional Health

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Correctional and Public Health Resources by State
Links to state agencies and resources about corrections and public health for all states. A resources of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Government site that rates criminal justice and crime victim services based on study data supporting the effectiveness of the programs. Safety
Links to government data sets. This category includes criminal justice and corrections, in addition to traffic safety, industrial safety, natural disasters, etc.

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Data Resource Center
Links to agencies and reports for each state.
*Please note, the Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Data Resource Center is no longer funded and as a result is no longer being updated. JRSA continues to host the site so that users can have access to the many resources contained within the site.

Drug Enforcement Administration: Statistics & Facts
Includes statistics of DEA arrests, drug seizures and meth lab incidents, plus links to related resources.

Federal Bureau of Prisons: Research & Reports
Links to Bureau of Prisons data, plus links to related resources.

National Center for Education Statistics: Crime and Safety Surveys
Data reports on school crime, safety, violence, and discipline.

National Center for Education Statistics: School Survey on Crime and Safety
Data on school crime and safety

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Statistics
Statistics on juvenile justice, from another agency of the U.S. Justice Department.

Office of National Drug Control Policy: Research & Data
Data about arrestee drug use, drug expenditures and consumption, etc.

U.S. Marshals Service: Fact Sheets
Data about the work of the U.S. Marshals Service

Uniform Crime Reports
The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports include a number of reports, such as: Crime in the United States, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, Hate Crime Statistics, and the National Incident-Based Reporting System.