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NCJ Number: 246832 Find in a Library
Title: Nation's Two Crime Measures
Author(s): Cindy Barnett-Ryan; Lynn Langton Ph.D.; Michael Planty Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 2015
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: 
Type: Historical Overview; Issue Overview; Statistics
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report summarizes the U.S. Department of Justice's two primary statistical programs that measure the magnitude, nature and impact of crime in the nation.
Abstract: This report summarizes the U.S. Department of Justice's two primary statistical programs that measure the magnitude, nature, and impact of crime in the nation. This report describes the strengths, limitations, differences, and complementary aspects of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The UCR Program compiles crime data from law enforcement agencies and presents crime counts for the nation, regions, states, and cities. The NCVS interviews a nationally representative sample of U.S. households about crimes reported, as well as those not reported, to police and produces national estimates of criminal victimization.
Main Term(s): FBI Uniform Crime Reports; Victimization surveys
Index Term(s): BJS Resources; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); Crime surveys; Victimization surveys
Note: The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring crime, criminal victimization, criminal offenders, victims of crime, correlates of crime, and the operation of criminal and civil justice systems at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels. BJS collects, analyzes, and disseminates reliable and valid statistics on crime and justice systems in the United States, supports improvements to state and local criminal justice information systems, and participates with national and international organizations to develop and recommend national standards for justice statistics.
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