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Criminal Justice: Websites

Trusted Websites

Bureau of Justice Statistics
Information, statistics, and publications about state and federal prisoners and prison facilities.

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to reduce society's reliance on incarceration as a solution to social problems.

Death Penalty Information Center
A national nonprofit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.

Equal Justice Initiative
Led by Bryan Stevenson, EJI advocates for equality treatment within the criminal justice system. Topics include racial justice, children in prison, mass incarceration, and the death penalty.

The Innocence Project
Founded in 1992, The Innocence Project exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

Justice Strategies
A nonprofit research organization dedicated to providing analysis and solutions to advocates and policymakers pursuing more humane and cost-effective approaches to criminal justice and immigration reform.

Mapping Police Violence 
Provides access to the raw data of police violence statistics including victim information, location, cause of death, description of circumstances, etc.  The data is compiled from crowd-sourced databases -- not from official police data sets.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Organized by the Office of Justice Programs, US Dept. of Justice, this site provides links to statistics, reports, and events within the justice community.

New York City Police Department - Crime Statistics
Historical and current data and reports.

New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Information, resources, and news regarding those in custody and on parole, and New York State's 54 incarceration facilities.

Pew Research Center
Data and research on criminal justice and other social trends.  Includes publications, topics, interactives, datasets, and more.

Prison Policy Initiative
A nonprofit initiative to produce research and advocacy surrounding mass incarceration in the US.

The Sentencing Project
Founded in 1986, The Sentencing Project works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

Vera Institute of Justice
Explores the causes and consequences of mass incarceration, racial disparities, and the loss of public trust in law enforcement.

 

 

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