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United States: Criminal Justice

Federal Agencies

Handbooks and Manuals

  • Handbook of Forensic Services - Most current publicly available handbook, details procedures used in documenting crime scenes and in gathering evidence. Handbook is compiled by the FBI, one of the largest forensic laboratories in the world.
  • U.S. Sentencing Commission - includes guidelines and manuals.

Reports and Publications

  • NCJRS Reference Service - provides comprehensive National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database which indexes more than 170,000 criminal justice publications. Abstracts are substantial and the database is user friendly.


  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • Capital Punishment Statistics - includes execution statistics and characteristics of death-row prisoners.  
  • Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center - maintains the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) database, which contains information about suspects and defendants processed in the Federal criminal justice system.
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics - continuously updated version of the Sourcebook provides a wealth of information on all aspects of criminal justice.
  • Transactional Records Clearinghouse: FBI - use this Syracuse University site to locate FBI staffing levels, enforcement actions, and the incidence of white collar crime by district. Free registration is required to use the site.
  • Uniform Crime Reports - Provides crime statistics for 1995 to present. Publications on site include Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.

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