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NCJ Number: 157461 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice and Police System: Management and Improvement of Police and Other Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecution, Courts and Corrections; and the Role of Lawyers United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network: Present and Future Dimensions; Toward the Establishment of a United Nations
Corporate Author: United Nations Secretariat
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: United Nations
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, at Vienna
P.O. Box 500
A-1400 Vienna,
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews progress made in the development of the computerized United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network, its scope, and planned activities, with particular reference to the needs and difficulties, both logistical and technical, relating to the electronic distribution of crime- related information to and from developing countries.
Abstract: Following an introductory review of the legislative and substantive background of the United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network (UNCJIN), the report profiles UNCJIN's services and the role it plays in the global information society. Problems and challenges identified and discussed are the globalization of criminal justice and diversity of criminal justice policies, electronically distributed criminal justice information and its reliability, electronic libraries, and the participation of developing countries. A discussion of the future development of the UNCJIN focuses on its transfer to the United Nations Office in Vienna and the role of governments, interregional and regional institutes, and other entities. The report recommends that the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch should continue to increase its efforts to store and disseminate not only its own data, but also data from other agencies, institutes, and entities that cooperate with the United Nations in crime prevention and criminal justice. In addition to storing and disseminating databases, this branch should also move toward fulfilling its other clearinghouse function of providing a gateway to other databases and information around the world through the latest Internet software. Other recommendations pertain to the use and provision of information and assistance to developing countries. 8 notes and appended discussion of the connection of developing countries to Internet
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Criminal justice information systems; Information dissemination; Information processing; International cooperation; United Nations (UN)
Note: Prepared for the Ninth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Cairo, Egypt, April 29 - May 8, 1995.
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