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CRJ 418/518: Criminal Justice Research Methods

Research Guide for CRJ 418/518

Finding Statistics, Reports, and Datasets

Sage Stats (library database): includes datasets that span all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as all counties, cities, and metropolitan statistical areas dating back more than 20 years. Topics covered include crime, social welfare, population, education, and more. 

Detroit Crime Viewer: Interactive crime map (currently in beta phase) that shows where and when crimes were committed. Crimes are color-coded and it displays location, arrest category, report number, and charge description of incidents that happened within city limits. Users can filter results by date and crime, crime type, and also select location by police precincts, zip codes, neighborhoods, council districts, or by searching the interactive map.

Michigan Public Safety Dashboard: Michigan crime data in the areas of Crime, Crime Prevention, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and Corrections.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: includes over 2,600 curated studies and datasets. It includes several large-scale and well-known datasets, including the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), and the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). For help, see their FAQs and User Support contact page.

National Institutes of Justice: Datasets from research projects funded by the National Institutes of Justice. For help, see their Accessing and Using Research Data page.

Bureau of Justice Statistics: Datasets on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. For help, see their Help for Using BJS page

PEW Social and Demographic TrendsDatasets from studies of behaviors and attitudes of Americans in key realms of their lives. Includes datasets on Hispanic immigration attitudes and trends from the PEW Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project.

Department of Homeland Security: Datasets on immigration, immigrants, and refugees. For help, see their FAQs page.

TRAC Immigration: Datasets on the criminal enforcement of US Immigration Law. For help, see their TRAC Help page.

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