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  • Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics profile series 
    These papers are a series of ten profiles that are funded through the Policy Research Initiative. The objective of this project is to outline the experience of various groups as victims and offenders* in the criminal justice system. The profiles are based on Statistics Canada sources and include a mix of demographic, economic and justice data as well as information specific to each group (i.e., women, visible minorities, seniors, religious groups, immigrants, children and youth, Canadians with low incomes, Canadians with literacy problems, Canadians with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples). *Data on offenders is only available for the following: Aboriginal people, children and youth, seniors, and women.
  • Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS) statistics 
    This reference tool contains some 50 electronic data tables illustrating current and historical data from a number of Statistics Canada surveys (e.g., Adult Criminal Court SurveyAdult Correctional Services Survey, police crime data, Homicide SurveyLegal Aid SurveyUniform Crime Reporting SurveyPolice Administration Survey, Youth Custody and Community Services data tables, Youth Court Survey, and Transition Home Survey. The database shows data on crime, police administration, adult and youth court activity, the correctional population and transition homes, as well as various issues such as criminal victimization and family violence. Most data are annual -- some 1974-2010, other series start in 1984 or 1997.
    • Format: Beyond 20/20
    • Access restrictions: DLI
  • Canadian statistics on justice and crime 
    Free tabular data on: crimes; victims, suspects and criminals; the police and the courts.
  • CANSIM tables on crime & justice 
    Time-series data on: correctional services; crimes and offences; criminal courts; family violence; justice system spending; legal aid; victims and victimization.
  • Cases in adult criminal courts involving intimate partner violence
    This Juristat article profiles the characteristics of completed cases in adult criminal courts and highlights differences and similarities between those involving intimate partner violence and non-intimate partner violence. The report analyses outcomes of completed cases, the sentences imposed, and the time required to complete intimate partner violence cases and non-intimate partner violence cases. The report uses a linked database through the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey and the Integrated Criminal Courts Survey for the period from 2005/2006 to 2010/2011.
  • Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview (Public Safety of Canada) 
    This document provides a statistical overview of corrections and conditional release within a context of trends in crime and criminal justice.
  • Family violence in Canada: a statistical profile 
    "The purpose of this report is to provide the most up-to-date data on the nature and extent of family violence in Canada and to monitor trends over time. Each year, the report will have a special focus or theme. "
  • Gender Differences in Police-reported Violent Crime in Canada
    This profile focuses primarily on 2008 police-reported data obtained from the Incident-based Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR2) Survey. Funding for this profile was provided by the Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI) of the Department of Justice Canada.
  • General social surveys on victimization
  • Homicide in Canada
    1995 / 1996 / 1997 / 1998 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 /2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014
    This annual report is an examination of homicide in Canada. Detailed information is presented on the characteristics of homicide incidents (murder, manslaughter and infanticide), victims and accused within the context of both short and long-term trends. Geographical patterns of homicide are examined at the national and provincial/territorial levels, as well as for major metropolitan areas. Other key themes include international comparisons of homicide, gang-related homicides, firearm-related homicides, youth homicide and family (including spousal) homicides. The data are intended to respond to the needs of those who work in the criminal justice system as well as to inform researchers, policy analysts, academics, the media and the public on the nature and extent of homicide in Canada.
  • Juristat (Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics) 
    "This series of reports provides detailed statistics and analysis on a variety of topics and issues concerning Canada's justice system. Annual Juristats are produced in the following areas: crime statistics, homicide, impaired driving, justice system resources and expenditures, youth court statistics, youth custody and probation and corrections statistics. Additional Juristats are also produced each year on current topics of interest to the justice community. This is a unique periodical, of great interest to those who have to plan, establish, administer and evaluate justice programs and projects, or anyone who has an interest in Canada's justice system. "
  • Legal aid in Canada: resource and caseload statistics 
    This publication provides an analytical overview of the revenues, expenditures and caseloads of legal aid plans in Canada. It includes information at the provincial/territorial level on legal aid delivery systems, sources of revenue, expenditures on legal aid services, and legal aid caseloads. Some data in tabular format are provided. Complete data are available from Legal aid in Canada: resource and caseload statistics
  • Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends 
    "... a comprehensive summary of what is currently known about the prevalence and severity of violence against women in Canada. The report pulls together previously released data from victimization surveys, police services, courts and service agencies to assess the nature of violence against women. It addresses its impact, associated risk factors, institutional and community responses and the use of services by victims. The report updates a 2002 report titled Assessing Violence Against Women: A Statistical Profile, which introduced a number of violence indicators. It expands on these indicators, organizing them into five central themes: prevalence and severity; impact; risk factors for violence; institutional and community-based responses; and victims' use of services."
  • Police Resources in Canada 
    This report covers the period 1999-present, and has two components:
    • An analytical component examines trends in police personnel and expenditures at the national, provincial and census metropolitan area (CMA) levels, including data by rank and gender. Context is provided in terms of changes in the size of populations policed and in terms of rates in other countries.
    • A tabular component summarizes crime, personnel and expenditure statistics for all municipal police departments in Canada. Key rates such as population per officer, per capita costs, overall crime rates and clearance rates are included for each police service. Security, both public and private, has recently become a strong public concern, and this may lead to changes in some areas of policing. The analysis of trends in key ratios such as per capita costs, population per officer, police to civilian ratios and the number of offences per officer can help shed some light on how the police community is responding to a changing environment.
  • Toronto crime data by census tract, 2006 (.xls)
    From the Uniform crime reporting survey (UCR 2.0), this one-time-only dataset shows incidents of crime at the census tract level. Types of incidents are classified into: Violent crime, Property crime, Sexual assault, Drug offences, Shoplifting, Criminal harassment, Uttering threat, Minor assault, Major assault, Robbery, Theft from a motor vehicle, Theft of a motor vehicle, Break and enter, Mischief, Other theft.
  • Toronto crime maps, 2004-2011 (Toronto Star)
    The map shows the incidents of crime (in eight different categories) over eight years. Data for specific crime types and neighbourhoods can be obtained. Neighbourhood crime profiles can be exported in different formats.
     
  • Toronto Police Service: Reports 
    These reports provide access to a wide range of Toronto statistics including (in part) reported offences, charges, personnel, public complaints, and figures related to community policing programs.
  • Violence against women survey (1993) 
    "The survey collected data on perceptions of personal safety and measures taken to reduce risk of violent victimization; sexual harassment; experiences of physical and sexual assault by strangers, dates/boyfriends, husbands and common-law partners, and other known men; power/control and emotional abuse by husbands/partners; spouse abuse in family of origin; the impact of the experience on women who report violence; who they turn to for help; and, involvement and satisfaction with the criminal justice system."
  • Visible Minorities and Victimization 
    " ... this profile examines certain socio-demographic and economic characteristics of visible minorities in Canada followed by an analysis of the rates and characteristics of violent crimes involving visible minority victims. It also provides information on visible minorities' perceptions of safety and of the criminal justice system."

Foreign/International

United States

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    The mission of the BJS is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
  • Capital punishment (Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice) 
    "Presents characteristics of persons under sentence of death at the end of each calendar year, and of persons executed in that year. This annual BJS Bulletin summarizes the movement of prisoners into and out of death sentence status during the year. Numerical tables present data on offenders' sex, race, Hispanic origin, education, marital status, age at time of arrest for capital offense, legal status at time of capital offense, methods of execution, trends, and time between imposition of death sentence and execution."
  • Hall of Justice
    "A project of the Sunlight Foundation, this site is a searchable inventory of publicly available criminal justice datasets and research. While not comprehensive, Hall of Justice contains nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and the federal government. The data were collected between September 2014 and October 2015. It has tagged datasets so that users can search across the inventory for broad topics, ranging from death in custody to domestic violence to prison population. The inventory incorporates government as well as academic data.
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data 
    "The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data acquires, archives, processes, and provides access to computer-readable criminal justice data collections for research and instruction. The NACJD website provides downloadable access to over 550 criminal justice data collections free of charge."
  • Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics 
    Brings together data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States presented in over 600 tables from more than 100 sources.

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