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NCJ Number: 114799 Find in a Library
Title: Computerization and the International Exchange of Information on Crime and Criminal Justice (From Computerization of Criminal Justice Information Systems: Realities, Methods, Prospects and Effects, P 253-264, 1987 -- See NCJ-114798)
Author(s): M Joutsen
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI)
Helsinki 00531, Finland
Sale Source: United Nations European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI)
PO Box 444
Helsinki 00531,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Finland
Annotation: The United Nations is considering the establishment of a global crime and criminal justice information network to facilitate international information exchange on crime prevention and control.
Abstract: Establishment of such a system faces difficulties due to variations in the information available, technical problems, language barriers, and the influence of cultural, social, economic and legal factors on crime and the criminal justice system. In designing such a system, consideration must be given to information needed for policy planning and decisionmaking in individual cases. Information content and date validity and reliability issues will have to be addressed. The resources and information needs of system data suppliers and users also must be determined. Suppliers and users generally will be the same and will include national ministeries of justice, national and local criminal justice agencies, international and regional intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, and researchers and scholars. Questions regarding access to the system also will require answers. Based on past experience, the emphasis of information content of the system should be on national laws and practice; statistical data; and information on research, policies, and programs. Development of such a system will require careful planning and knowledgeable people who know what data are needed, in what form they are needed, and how to get them to those who need them.
Main Term(s): Criminal justice information systems
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Information collection; Information dissemination; International cooperation; International crime statistics; United Nations (UN)
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