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Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)

The United States’ primary source for criminal justice statistics

Fair Shake refers to the BJS for data for a few reasons:

1. they “collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime” across the U.S., and have been doing so since 1979.

2. they use information from many states, so we know they are using one definition to evaluate the data.  State justice systems are known to redefine words like ‘recidivism’ to make their programs appear to be more impactful than they really are.

3. they collect information over many years.  I have seen no states offer information that extends past 3 years. The BJS has researched the recidivism rate in 9- and 10-year studies.

I would be grateful to hear your perspective! I’m open to critique and other research resources!  sue(at)fairshake(dot)net.