National Criminal Justice Reference Service

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

Established in 1972, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

Who are the NCJRS Federal Sponsors?

The federal sponsors include:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
    • Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OAAG)
    • Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
    • Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
    • National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
    • Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
    • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
    • Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART)
Who can use NCJRS?

NCJRS services and resources are available to anyone interested in crime, victim assistance, and public safety including policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, community leaders, and the general public.

What services does NCJRS offer?

NCJRS offers a range of services and resources, balancing the information needs of the field with the technological means to receive and access support. The following highlights a number of NCJRS services and resources.