CSAC Bulletin Article

Federal Program Seeks to Standardize Criminal Justice Data

March 23, 2023

The Bureau of Justice Assistance, which is part of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs, along with the Council of State Governments Justice Center launched “Justice Counts” last year to address the data problem. The initiative seeks to provide policymakers and the public with timely, wide-ranging information that they have previously been unable to access.

  • With the help of 21 other groups, the initiative aims to help criminal justice policymakers make better decisions with data that are “more timely, less disjointed, and as useful as possible.”
  • Justice Counts proposes law enforcement use similar standardized methods to identify people based on race, ethnicity, and gender. For example, the proposals asked police to ID Latinos on race and ethnicity.

For additional information on the initiative, please click here.

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