The National Institute of Justice “is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.” The website offers a variety of information worth investigating.
The topical index outlines the range of research and reports found on the site. Each topic includes a general discussion and links to related reports and statistics. Areas of focus include recidivism, terrorism, elder abuse, gun violence, forensic science, victim rights, standards for body armor, and many more.
The NIJ releases a large of number of publications. The website offers an advanced search option to help locate items of interest. The researcher can query by title, keyword, date and/or topic. These publications are either written or sponsored by the Institute.
The full text of various crime scene guides is also available. Guides include electronic crime scenes, fire/arson, explosion scenes, death scenes and general crime scenes.
The site also provides links to articles in the NIJ Journal which “features short articles written especially to help policymakers and practitioners keep abreast of hot topics and do their jobs better.” Researchers can also subscribe to the Geography and Public Safety which discusses mapping and geography of crime.