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Criminal justice systems

National Survey of Tribal Court Systems (NSTCS)

​​​​​​The legal institutions in Indian country revolve around four main entities: indigenous or traditional courts, general jurisdiction courts, appellate courts, and the Bureau of Indian Affair’s Code of Federal Regulation courts. The National Survey of Tribal Court Systems (NSTCS) is the first complete enumeration of tribal court systems operating in the United States and gathers administrative and operational information from tribal court systems, prosecutors’...

Tribal Crime

To improve the availability of data on crime in Indian country, BJS creates data tables containing information reported by tribal law enforcement agencies to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program and published in the annual Crime in United States (CIUS) publication. The tables include crime data for agencies that reported 12 complete months of data for the year, submitted by tribal law enforcement agencies and the Bureau...


Since 1990, BJS has sponsored periodic national surveys or censuses of prosecutor offices through its National Survey of Prosecutors (NSP). This program collects data on the resources, policies, and practices of the prosecution component of state court systems. NSP gathers general administration information on annual office budgets, the tenure and salaries of chief state court prosecutors, and the number of full-time office staff—including attorneys, investigators, victim...

Federal Justice System

BJS maintains multiple data collections covering various aspects of the federal justice system encompassing law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections. BJS data collections range from censuses of law enforcement and annual deaths in custody to federal case processing statistical information, describing the number of suspects/defendants from arrest to imprisonment.