By Daniel L. Cork,Robert M. Groves

The Bureau of Justice information (BJS) of the U.S. division of Justice is among the smallest of the U.S. relevant statistical corporations yet shoulders the most expansive and certain criminal mandates between these businesses. making sure the standard, Credibility, and Relevance of U.S. Justice statistics examines the complete diversity of BJS courses and indicates priorities for information collection.

BJS's info assortment portfolio is a superb physique of labor, good justified by means of public info wishes or felony necessities and a commendable attempt to satisfy its wide mandate given less-than-commensurate monetary assets. The publication identifies a few significant gaps within the sizeable assurance of BJS info, yet notes that filling these gaps will require elevated and sustained aid by way of employees and monetary resources.

In suggesting strategic targets for BJS, the publication argues that the bureau's leading target will be to set up and preserve a powerful place of independence. to prevent structural or political interference in BJS paintings, the document indicates altering the executive placement of BJS in the Justice division and making the BJS directorship a fixed-term appointment.

In its 30th 12 months, BJS can glance again on a pretty good physique of feat; this ebook indicates additional instructions for development to provide the kingdom the justice statistics--and the BJS--that it deserves.

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