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Historic Crime Sources (U.S. Government)

Guide in locating crime and punishment federal resources available through Milner Library at Illinois State University.

Department of Justice Statistics

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Provides nation’s primary source for criminal justice statistics including the operation of justice systems at all levels.


Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)  / Crime in the United States -- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Reports present the nationwide view of the eight offenses which constitute the Crime Index based on statistics contributed by state and local law enforcement agencies. Includes frequency of crimes as well as information on crime rates, types of weapons used, gender, age, and race of victims. See all also UCR reports via Crime in Illinois from Illinois State Police.


Hate Crime Statistics

The hate crime data comprise a subset of information that law enforcement agencies submit to the UCR Program. The types of hate crimes reported to the program are further broken down into more specific categories. As collected for each hate crime incident, the aggregate data in this report include the following: offense type, location, bias motivation, victim type, number of individual victims, number of offenders, and the race of the offenders.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

National statistical information on crime and criminal justice in the United States. Tables and figures provide statistics and text on topics such as prison populations, characteristics, and sentences of inmates.


National Crime Victimization Surveys

Primary source of information on criminal victimization. Each year, data are obtained from a nationally representative sample of 76,000 households comprising nearly 135,300 persons on the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. The survey enables BJS to estimate the likelihood of victimization by rape, sexual assault, robbery, assault, theft, household burglary, and motor vehicle theft for the population as a whole as well as for segments of the population such as women, the elderly, members of various racial groups, city dwellers, or other groups. The NCVS provides the largest national forum for victims to describe the impact of crime and characteristics of violent offenders.



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