Crime and Justice Statistics Collected by International Agencies
- First Online:
- Cite this article as:
- Lewis, C. Eur J Crim Policy Res (2012) 18: 5. doi:10.1007/s10610-011-9164-9
- 470 Downloads
Other papers in this edition of the European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research use mainly statistics collected through the European Sourcebook on Crime and Justice Statistics but there are many other sources of international statistics collected by different agencies for different purposes. This paper critically examines the main current and planned collections of comparative data within the European community and wider international bodies. Full Web references are given of available questionnaires and publications where these exist. It also discusses the importance of comparative data generally and pitfalls in its interpretation and examines the guidelines published by international bodies to assist with data collection on crime and justice. Finally, the future of comparative data collections is discussed and recommendations are made.