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  • Press Release: National Criminal History Improvement Program (BJS) (September 2004) The Justice Department awards $31 million in grants to States to enhance criminal justice records.

  • Compendium of Federal Justice Statistics, 2002 (BJS) (September 2004) This report presents national-level statistics describing characteristics of persons processed and the distribution of case processing outcomes at each major stage of the Federal criminal justice system.

  • Civil Trial Cases and Verdicts in Large Counties, 2001 (BJS) (April 2004) In 2001 plaintiffs in the 75 largest counties won just over half the 12,000 general civil cases at trial, with 442 or 4% awarded $1 million or more.

  • Capital Punishment 2002 (BJS) (November 2003) This annual BJS Bulletin presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death on December 31, 2002, and of persons executed in 2002. The report summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during the year.

  • The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2001 (BJS) (April 2003) The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, 2001 presents a broad spectrum of criminal justice data from more than 100 sources in 6 sections: characteristics of the criminal justice systems; public attitudes toward crime and criminal justice topics; the nature and distribution of known offenses; characteristics and distribution of persons arrested; judicial processing of defendants; persons under correctional supervision.

  • Federal Criminal Case Processing, 2001: With trends 1982-2001, Reconciled Data (BJS) (Jan. 2003) Describes the processing of defendants in the Federal criminal justice system. The report includes the number and disposition of suspects investigated by U.S. attorneys, the number of arrests for Federal offenses, the number of defendants in cases filed in U.S. district courts, sanctions imposed on criminal defendants, the number of persons under Federal correctional supervision (probation, parole, supervised released, and incarceration), and trends in annual Federal criminal case processing. This report is the latest in the annual Federal Criminal Case Processing series.

  • State Court Prosecutors in Small Districts, 2001 (BJS) (Jan. 2003) Presents results from the 2001 National Survey of Prosecutors (NSP), which collected data on all chief prosecutors that handled felony cases in State courts of general jurisdiction. The report covers prosecutor's offices that served a district with less than 250,000 population.

  • Education and Correctional Populations (BJS) (Jan. 2003) Compares educational attainment of State and Federal prison inmates, jail inmates, and probationers to that of the general population. Educational attainment is also examined for various demographic groups -- including gender, race/ethnicity, age, citizenship, and military service -- and for other social and economic factors.

  • Community Prosecution Strategies: Measuring Impact
    (Bulletin) (BJA) November 2002. 12 pp. NCJ 192826. HTML or PDF
    Describes the philosophy behind community prosecution which presents a distinct departure from the case and conviction orientation of traditional prosecution and adopts the belief that local crime problems can best be resolved by engaging community members in their solutions. This bulletin discusses the history of community prosecution and the strategies employed by the nationís 18 community prosecution sites. The emphasis is on placing prosecutors in the community whose primary responsibility is to address crime problems in specific neighborhoods or other geographic areas with the goal of directly improving their residentsí quality of life.

    Bureau of Justice Assistance. November 2002. Community Prosecution Strategies: Measuring Impact. Bulletin. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, NCJ 192826.

  • project safe neighborhoods image and link to website Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. The Bush Administration will seek to commit $558.8 million to this effort over two years, including $233.6 million already available for this year. This funding will be used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, and develop and promote community outreach efforts.
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