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Using the Bureau of Justice Statistics: Home

This guide will help you find statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics website

Bureau of Justice Statistics Mission

BJS mission:
To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

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BJS Principles & Practices

BJS Statistical Principles And Practices

The Bureau of Justice Statistics is a unit of the U.S. Department of Justice whose principal function is the compilation and analysis of data and the dissemination of information for statistical purposes. It adheres to the following principles and practices:*

  • A clearly-defined and well-accepted mission

  • A strong position of independence

  • Continual development of more useful data

  • Openness about the sources and limitations of the data provided

  • Wide dissemination of data

  • Cooperation with data users 

  • Fair treatment of data providers

  • Commitment to quality and professional standards of practice

  • An active research program

  • Professional advancement of staff 

  • Coordination and cooperation with other statistical agencies

Need Help?

Need Help With Bureau of Justice Statistics? 

Contact Chloe Santangelo, Interim Library Director OR (716) 649 7900, ext. 365

OR OR (716) 926 8913