Last Updated: Oct 31, 2013
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Looking for more Criminal Justice resources? This page contrains free resources available on the web. While these resources have been selected by the Criminal Justice subject liaison, they are not necessarily academic resources.
- City of Chicago | Data Portal
The City of Chicago’s Data Portal is dedicated to promoting access to government data and encouraging the development of creative tools to engage and serve Chicago's diverse community. Here you’ll find essential data presented in easy-to-use formats to help Chicagoans keep track of how their government is performing and build innovative applications to benefit residents and visitors alike.
- THOMAS (Library of Congress)
THOMAS provides federal legislative information freely to the public. It allows users to search bills, public laws by number, House/Senate roll call votes, congressional record, committee reports, etc.
- GPO Access
GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.
- Illinois General Assembly Home Page
Find information on Illinois state laws.
- Police Agencies of North America
A site compiling links to state and local law enforcement agency websites in the US and Canada.
- The International Association of Chiefs of Police
The world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 20,000 members in over 89 different countries. IACP's leadership consists of the chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies.
- National Sheriffs' Association
The National Sheriffs' Association, now in its 67th year of serving law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals of the nation, is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the criminal justice
- United States Department of Justice (DOJ)
The nation's central agency for enforcement of federal laws.
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
The ATF is a principal law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice dedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime, and protecting our Nation.
- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The CIA is an independent agency responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior US policymakers.
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system those involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
To protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats, to uphold and enforce the criminal laws of the United States, and to provide leadership and services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies.
- National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS)
Home to America's codemakers and codebreakers. The National Security Agency has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century.
- U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)
USMS is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. The enforcement arm of the federal courts, and as such, it is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative.
- United States Secret Service (USSS)
Established in 1865 solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Today, the agency is mandated by Congress to carry out dual missions: protection of national and visiting foreign leaders, and criminal investigations.
- American Correctional Association (ACA)
Web site of the oldest and largest correctional association in the world. Provides resources for professional development, certification, standards, and accreditation.
- American Jail Association (AJA)
A national, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those who work in and operate our nation's jails. AJA is the only national association that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities.
- BOP: Federal Bureau of Prisons
The Federal Bureau of Prisons was established in 1930 to provide more progressive and humane care for Federal inmates. The Bureau is responsible for the custody and care of more than 201,000 Federal offenders.
- National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
An agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons which provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies.
- Prisoners' rights: an overview
From the Cornell University Legal Information Institute.
- Bureau of Justice Statistics Drugs and Crime Facts
This site summarizes U.S. statistics about drug-related crimes, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The data provides online access to understandable information on various drug law violations and drug-related law enforcement.
- Topic: Drugs - National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Reports and legislation dealing with the topic of drug use.
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In the Millennium Declaration, Member States also resolved to intensify efforts to fight transnational crime in all its dimensions.
- U.S. Courts: The Federal Judiciary
The federal courts often are called the guardians of the Constitution because their rulings protect rights and liberties guaranteed by it. Through fair and impartial judgments, the federal courts interpret and apply the law to resolve disputes.
- Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School
The Legal Information Institute (LII) is a research and electronic publishing activity of the Cornell Law School. Popular collections include: the U.S. Code, Supreme Court opinions, and Law about...
- FindLaw for Legal Professionals
FindLaw.com is the most popular site for free legal information on the Internet with more than four million legal consumers visiting each month and the largest legal directory available.
- American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section: Juvenile Justice Committee
An active voice in promoting changes in the juvenile justice system; an interdisciplinary forum of defenders, judges, prosecutors, corrections staff, law students, and others interested in improving the juvenile justice system.
- Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) continues to lead the way in providing direct service, technical assistance, and policy research in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice.
- Juvenile justice: an overview
An overview and links to source material about the juvenile justice system in America.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DOJ)
A component of the U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles.
- Topic: Juvenile Justice - National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Collects government publications, reports and statistics related to the topic of juvenile justice.