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National Archive of Criminal Justice Data


BJS archives data and accompanying documentation, and makes them available through the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. BJS data files maintained by NACJD are available for download at no charge.

The central mission of NACJD is to facilitate and encourage research in the field of criminal justice through the sharing of data resources. NACJD provides--

  • Computer-readable data for the quantitative study of crime and the criminal justice system
  • Technical assistance in selecting data collections and the computer hardware and software for analyzing data efficiently and effectively
  • Training in quantitative methods of social science research to facilitate secondary analysis of criminal justice data.

NACJD routinely receives statistical data from other U.S. Department of Justice agencies, including--

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
  • National Institute of Justice
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Individual scholars and researchers in the criminal justice field may also deposit data with NACJD, and interested individuals should contact NACJD for more information on this process.

Established in 1978, NACJD headquarters are co-located with the central staff of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Date Created: May 11, 2021