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Health and Crime Data Sources

Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
A component of the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, the BJS is the primary government source for criminal justice statistics.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
The branch of the U.S. Department of Treasury charged with enforcing federal laws relating to firearms, the ATF is concerned, among other things, with the tracing of guns used in crimes and the issuance of licenses to sell firearms.

CDC Wonder
An easy-to-use system that provides a single point of access to a wide variety of reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) database provides data on fatal and non-fatal injuries using data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP), respectively. Users are able to query these data sets to produce customized reports.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Among other things, the FBI produces the annual Uniform Crime Reports.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is a special topic archive of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. NACJD acquires, archives, processes, and provides access to electronic criminal justice data collections for research and instruction. The NACJD website provides downloadable access to hundreds of criminal justice data collections free of charge.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service is an extensive source of information on criminal and juvenile justice. This website is a collection of clearinghouses supporting the bureaus of numerous federal agencies concerned with crime and juvenile justice.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is the research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is the only federal agency solely dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. This site provides information on resources, funding, programs, and publications.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
The OJJDP seeks to provide national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. The site provides information on grants and funding, resources, programs, publications, and events.

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The Roper Center exists to promote the intelligent, responsible, and imaginative use of public opinion in addressing the problems faced by Americans and citizens of other nations.

Small Arms Survey
Recognizing the need to address the complex issues related to the global proliferation of small arms and light weapons, the Swiss government, in conjunction with other interested governments, established the Small Arms Survey project in 1999. The project uses its location in Geneva and its international network of partners to foster broad-ranging understanding and in-depth research on the issue of small arms and light weapons.


These site links are provided solely as a service. The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research does not necessarily endorse the work of these organizations, or vouch for the accuracy of the content of their websites. Link descriptions are based on information provided by each website.

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