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Drug abuse and addiction
National Institute of Drug Abuse NIDA 2020 drug use survey
NIDA easy-to-read drug facts Plain-language website about drugs of abuse and detecting and treating addiction from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Addicted.org “Family-owned business” that refers individuals and families to addiction recovery and substance abuse prevention services.
Federal law enforcement agencies
ATF - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
BLM - Bureau of Land Management - Law Enforcement Rangers
CBP - Customs and Border Protection
- Customs and Border Protection officers
- Border Patrol agents
DEA - Drug Enforcement Administration
FBI - Federal Bureau of Investigation
ICE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Criminal investigators
I.R.S. - Internal Revenue Service law enforcement
NCIS - Naval Criminal Investigative Service
OSI - US Air Force Office of Special Investigations
U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement
U.S. Dept. of Defense Criminal Investigative Service
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) Special Agents
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Special Agents
U.S. Forest Service - Law Enforcement Rangers
U.S. Marshals Service
U.S. Park Police
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
U.S. Secret Service
U.S. State Department - Diplomatic Security Service
United States Code Federal laws enacted by Congress. Search by Title and Section.
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Federal regulatory rules. Fully searchable.
Cornell U.S. Code search Links to all Federal codes.
FindLaw Links to State and Federal laws and appeals court decisions.
SCOTUS blog. What’s in front of the Supreme Court? What are the controversies? You’ll find them here.
California State law All State codes, including Evidence and Penal. Fully searchable.
News and opinion
Council on Criminal Justice Well-researched opinion pieces that explore law enforcement policies and recommend approaches for reducing conflict between police and communities.
Law Officer A wealth of news articles about police encounters, with a focus on tactics. Bills itself as “a true advocate for the profession.” (Commercially funded but ads are low-key. Typically leans right; avoids criticizing the police.)
PoliceOne News clips and opinion pieces about policing around the U.S. Focus on officer safety. (Commercially funded; lots of product placement. Typically leans right; avoids criticizing police.)
ProPublica Multi-topic public-interest news site run by full-time investigative journalists. (Nonprofit. Typically leans somewhat left.)
The Crime Report Thought-provoking critical articles and a “daily briefing.” From the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. (Nonprofit. Typically leans left.)
The Marshall Project Deeply-researched articles about criminal justice. Winner of a Pulitzer in 2016. (Nonprofit. Typically leans left.)
Trials and Tribulations. Knowledgeable citizen journalists sit in court covering major criminal cases. (Volunteer. No known ideological bias.)
Police and newspaper crime portals
Baltimore Police Dept. crime data
Baltimore Sun homicide tracker
Chicago Police Dept. crime data
Chicago Tribune homicide tracker
Los Angeles Police Dept. crime data
Los Angeles Times violent crime tracker
New York City Police Dept. crime data
New York Times “crime and criminals” news stories
Police blogs and forums
Cop in the Hood Ex-cop, prolific author and noted academic pulls no punches in his informative blog. Comments on selected incidents, from an experienced street cop’s perspective. (Long-standing, nonprofit.)
Improving Police Blog-style commentaries about policing by an ex-Minneapolis cop, retired small-town police chief and author. Includes reader comments. (Long-standing, nonprofit.)
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Tracks line-of-duty deaths and honors the fallen. Includes news and features about officer safety safety. Maintains National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. (Respected nonprofit.)
Officer Down Memorial Page Lists line-of-duty deaths and honors the fallen. Partners with the IACP. (Respected nonprofit.)
Los Angeles County OIG reports about the Sheriff’s Department
Los Angeles Police Commission OIG office Audit and complaint reports
US DOJ - Conduct of Law Enforcement Agencies Litigation against police, by State
Chicago Tribune portal on shooting of Laquan McDonald
Minnesota Public Radio portal on shooting of Justine Ruszczyk
New York Times update on shooting of Eric Garner NYPD trial of officer Pantaleo
Portals and links
The Redwood Highway An amazing collection of criminal justice links, hosted by Sonoma State’s Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies.
Crime and Justice Research Alliance Joint project of America’s C.J. education organizations, ASC and ACJS, to inform the public and decisionmakers about CJ issues. Site can be searched for relevant publications.
Crime Solutions Programs and Practices. From the National Institute of Justice, a detailed listing and assessment of innovative strategies in policing and corrections. Includes extensive information about each effort and links to academic studies.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Government-wide portal for research reports on crime, corrections, policing, prosecution and other criminal justice topics.
Statistics and data
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Data portal for regularly-collected data and statistics on policing, corrections and other crime and justice topics.
Uniform Crime Reports Yearly FBI compendium of crime reported by local, State and Federal agencies. Includes:
U.S. Census main portal
- U.S. Census QuickFacts Handy one-stop place for population, income, poverty and race/ethnicity info on states, counties and cities with more than 5,000 pop.
Terrorism and extremism
ADL website “extremism, terrorism & bigotry” page Reliable, comprehensive source of information on domestic & international hate groups.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Well-known, highly respected organization that monitors domestic hate groups. Extensive, detailed website.
Innocence Project Long-standing, highly respected multi-state legal effort to secure exonerations for the wrongfully convicted. Includes extensive information about selected cases.
National Registry of Exonerations Exemplary resource that tracks and provides information about exonerations of the wrongfully convicted across the U.S. Sponsored by U.C. Irvine and the University of Michigan and Michigan State University law schools.
PUBLISHED STUDIES AND REPORTS
Gaining compliance and using force
BJA - Defusing Difficult Encounters (2016)
PERF - Guiding Principles on Use of Force (2016)
Crime and punishment
BJS Capital Punishment 1977-2017 (2019)
State prisoner recidivism 2012-2017 (2021)
By the blogger:
Tookie’s fate is the wrong debate (2005)
NIJ Journal - How Forensic Science Is Transforming Criminal Justice (2018)
NIST - National Commission on Forensic Science - state of forensic science (2017)
NRC - Strengthening Forensic Science in the U.S. (2009)
NRC - Strengthening the National Institute of Justice (2010)
Guns and shootings
BJS - Where inmates got firearms to use in crimes (2016)
Detailed data on mass shootings 1982-2020 (Mother Jones)
JAMA - Lethality of semiautomatic rifles used in mass shootings (2018)
By the blogger:
Want an assault weapons ban that works? Focus on ballistics (2019)
Ex-ATF Agent: America is only pretending to regulate lethal firearms (2015)
Crime gun sources in Los Angeles (1998)
Gun control: facts and myths (1998)
Assault weapons: lethality (1998)
Insta-check and waiting periods (2000)
Police conduct and ethics
Alabama - officer-involved shooting death of Emantic Bradford Jr. (2019)
DOJ - Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown (2015)
Inspector General review of LAPD use of data-driven police strategies (2019)
Inspector General review of LAPD gang enforcement detail stops (2019)
By the blogger:
Dilemmas of control in undercover policing (1992)
The craft of policing (2005)
Production & craftsmanship in police narcotics enforcement (1985)
Police are pressured to cross the line (2000)
Policing strategies and tactics
OJP - Evidence-Based Policing (2020)
BJA - Boston Strategies for Policing Innovation (2017)
BJA - Violent Crime Reduction Operations Guide (2018)
BJA - Strengthening Homicide Investigations (2018)
BJA - Project Safe Neighborhoods (anti-gun violence) progress report (2019)
DOJ - Final Report, President’s Task Force on 21st. Century Policing (2015)
ASU - Hot Spots Policing strategies (2019)
BJA - How to reduce repeat encounters (2019)
BJA - Officer safety and wellness publications (2020)