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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sunlight Foundation’s Criminal Justice Data Inventory


The Sunlight Foundation has undertaken a project to create a free inventory of federal and state criminal justice data.  The inventory provides information regarding where researchers can find the data on the internet (if available) as well as the time period the data covers, whether it has been updated recently, and how often is it updated.  The inventory also includes information regarding whether the data is from a government, private, or non-profit entity and the name of the entity.  

Currently, the inventory contains information about criminal justice topics for 36 states (including Texas), the District of Columbia and the federal government, but they plan to expand the information to all 50 states soon.  The data is available for a number of topics including Law Enforcement, Crime, Courts, Corrections, Victims, Financial, and Juvenile Justice. 

To access the data or to submit a dataset, visit the Criminal Justice Data Project website.  To learn more about what is included in the inventory, try their Data Dictionary website.

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