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NCJ Number: 155727 Find in a Library
Title: Developing Justice Statistics Mechanisms: Purposes and Functional Requirements
Corporate Author: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics
Project Director: S de Silva
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0T6, Canada
United Nations
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
Sale Source: United Nations
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, at Vienna
P.O. Box 500
A-1400 Vienna,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This paper outlines the rationale for collecting national criminal justice statistics.
Abstract: The most important purpose of criminal justice information is public accountability. Accurate statistics are essential in the management of a criminal justice system for several reasons: citizens want to know how much crime there is in a country and why the government takes certain crime prevention measures; the delivery of criminal justice is expensive; statistics offer insight into national crime indicators; statistics help in the evaluation of the effectiveness and fairness of the criminal justice system; statistics give the public information on how the justice system is applied on a national basis; and statistics allow international comparisons to be made. Functional requirements of a system of criminal justice information, which are described here, include a management process, a process to obtain and maintain commitment of stakeholders, political neutrality and respect for privacy and confidentiality, technical and subject matter resources, and clear articulation of scope and content.
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Criminal justice statistics; Criminology; Statistical analysis
Note: Ninth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders; Cairo, Egypt
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