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The links below will take you to a number of reliable resources for criminal justice research, bringing you current news, data & statistics, juvenile justice sources, government information, and more.
Juvenile Justice Resources
Equal Justice Initiative - Children in Prison
Case studies, news, videos, and other resources regarding children in prison.
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Provides information regarding Illinois-specific juvenile justice data, programs, resources, and more.
Juvenile Justice Blog
The JJB provides "a central source for the latest news, information, scholarship, and commentary on issues related to juvenile justice in the United States."
Juvenile Law Center - Resources
"Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems. ... Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth."
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The OJJDP seeks to improve juvenile justice outcomes through providing guidance to communities on effective programming and policy. The website provides information about specific programs, internal publications, and statistics and data on various juvenile justice issues.
youth.gov - Juvenile Justice
"youth.gov is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news."
Youth Today - Juvenile Justice
"Youth Today (provides) readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work."
Data and Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Provides reports and data on "crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government." Data runs through 2008.
Chicago Data Collaborative
"The Chicago Data Collaborative is a cooperative effort by newsrooms, academics, and nonprofit researchers to help each other understand our criminal justice system."
Citizens Police Data Project
CPDP "collects and publishes information
about police misconduct in Chicago"
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NAJCD)
"The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) archives and disseminates data on crime and justice for secondary analysis."
Pew Research Center
"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research."
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program
The UCR provides nation-wide crime statistics. A division of the FBI, additional criminal justice related reports at the national level can also be located on this website.
Evaluate information sources using CRAAP:
- Currency: is the information timely for my purposes? when was it published? has the information been revised or updated?
- Relevance: is the information directly relatable to my research question? does it support my argument?
- Authority: who wrote or published the information? what are their credentials?
- Accuracy: is the information corroborated by other sources?
- Purpose: is the information unbiased? consider the author/publisher's purpose: is the information intended to educate or inform you, to persuade you, to sell you something, or for another reason?
When evaluating information on the open web, use CRAAP and also:
- maintain a healthy sense of skepticism:
- check your biases (are you finding the information you think you want to find?)
- ask yourself if the information is a joke or satire
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Government Documents & Information
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