Guide to the
Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
The Sourcebook contains statistical information about crime and criminal justice and public attitudes toward these topics in the United States. Data has been collected from a variety of sources and is of national relevance. Most data are presented nationwide in scope, but is often displayed by regions, states and cities for comparative analysis. The Sourcebook is divided into six broad subjects:
- Characteristics of the criminal justice systems
- Public opinion about crime and criminal justice-related topics
- Nature and distribution of know offenses
- Characteristics and distribution of persons arrested
- Judicial processing of defendants
- Persons under correctional supervision
Several appendices follow and include definition of terms, survey methodology, and guidelines and explanatory notes.
The Sourcebook is also available in paper format from 1973 to the present at J 29.9/6:yr. with the most recent in Reference.
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