Created in 1972 under the auspices of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally-funded resource offering criminal and juvenile justice, substance abuse, and victims' services research, policy, and program information to policymakers, practitioners, researchers and the general public worldwide.
The goal of NCJRS is to make the information resources from its federal sponsors and from other federal, state, local, and private agencies available to the criminal/juvenile justice community at large, both in the United States and internationally. The NCJRS target audience comprises policymakers, law enforcement/corrections professionals and practitioners, judges and court officials, victim services providers, substance abuse professionals, and criminal/juvenile justice researchers.
NCJRS and its federal sponsors are taking full advantage of the information revolution spawned by the Internet. NCJRS users can download full-text versions of thousands of publications from the NCJRS website to read, store, or print. International users can save time and money, while staying up to date on the most recent developments in the justice field.
The Internet allows the international user to obtain the same level of information and assistance that NCJRS provides for users in the United States. This page describes how best to use what NCJRS has to offer to the international justice professional, practitioner, and researcher.
Products, Programs, and Services
This section provides brief descriptions of the NCJRS products, programs, and services that are available for the international user.
Search OJP Publications providing full text versions of NCJRS partner agency publications and products;
Perform a keyword search across the entire NCJRS site and select federal justice Web pages;
Browse the site using the topics on the left navigation or by visiting the A-Z topical index;
Discover events of interest to the juvenile and criminal justice, victim assistance, and substance abuse policy communities throughout the world in the Justice Events Calendar; or, add your own event to the Justice Events Calendar for other NCJRS users to view;
Justice Information Electronic Newsletter (JUSTINFO) This free service provides subscribers with the latest information from NCJRS and the NCJRS partner agencies. Twice a month, subscribers receive email announcements of new publications, products, conferences, and online resources. Subscribe or view previous issues.
JUSTSTATS Subscribe to JUSTSTATS for email notification of new statistical materials from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).
Juvenile Justice Information Electronic Newsletter (JUVJUST) This free service provides subscribers with information from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Subscribers will receive regular email announcements of new juvenile justice publications, products, conferences, and online resources. Subscribe or view past JUVJUST announcements.
OJJDP News @ a Glance Newsletter This bimonthly electronic newsletter highlights OJJDP activities, publications, funding opportunities, and upcoming events. Subscribe.
Weekly Accessions List (WAL) Subscribe to the Weekly Accessions List (WAL) to receive a weekly listing of documents added to the NCJRS Abstracts Database.
Obtaining Printed Materials
NCJRS distributes printed ("hard copy") versions of select publications produced by its federal sponsors. Available product inventory may be ordered using the NCJRS Shopping Cart. While browsing the NCJRS website you may order any publication or product that has a Shopping Cart image associated with it. View Shipping and Handling Rates and Policies.
The types of publications distributed by NCJRS include one-to-three page briefs and bulletins, journals published by NCJRS partner agencies, manuals, program descriptions and evaluations, joint publications, conference proceedings, annual reports, and policy documents.
Information on new publications by NCJRS partner agencies can be found in JUSTINFO.
Some NCJRS partner agency publications are now available as CD-ROMs. For example, several law enforcement and emergency responder trainings are available in this format. These can be found in the OJP Publications listing.
NCJRS distributes audiovisual materials produced by its partner agencies. This may include training videos or other video/DVD products.
International Programs and Outreach
NCJRS supports the international activities of its partner agencies, providing document support to international conferences attended by partner agency staff, researching criminal justice issues in other countries for staff traveling to other countries, and participating in briefings of international visitors to NCJRS partner agencies. There are also specific international outreach and program activities.
Publications from other countries or on international subjects make up about 10% of the NCJRS Abstracts Database collection.
International Document Exchange Program
The International Document Exchange (IDE) program is a partnership between NCJRS and academic and government institutions in other countries to obtain NCJRS partner agency publications without having to pay the postage and handling fees that are normally required for orders. IDE members also receive monthly email notifications of newly available publications, and, for increased convenience, they can order these publications off of a dedicated order form on the NCJRS website. In return, IDE members are asked to submit publications from their respective agencies for entry into the NCJRS Abstracts Database. Currently, there are approximately 177 IDE members from 61 countries.
Accessing NCJRS Products
Download and Print Publications
Download and print publications. Publications that have “PDF,” “Text,” or “HTML” may be viewed online free of charge. You may need Adobe software to view PDF publications.
Ordering NCJRS Products
Order NCJRS documents by placing available items (marked with an "Order" or "Order Photocopy" icon) in your shopping cart. NCJRS products ordered by users outside of the United States are sent via airmail. To cover this expense, NCJRS charges postage and handling for publications and products mailed outside the United States.
Pre-payment is required for all orders. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted for online orders through Pay.gov.
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