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United Nations Surveys on Crime  Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems

Summary: The major goal of the United Nations Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems is to collect data on the incidence of reported crime and the operations of criminal justice systems in different jurisdictions with  a view to improving the analysis and dissemination of that information  globally.

Main Points: The survey results will provide an overview of trends and interrelationships between various parts of the criminal justice system. The collection of statistics on crime at the international level was first considered in 1853. The Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 1984/48 of 25 May 1984, requested the Secretary-General to maintain and develop the United Nations crime-related database by continuing to conduct the surveys of crime trends and operations of criminal justice systems.

The European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) has carried out European and North American analysis of the United Nations Crime Surveys covering years 1975 - 1994. The analysis has resulted in 7 publications. The report on the Fifth United Nations  Survey differs  considerably from its predecessors. Data have been supplemented by other  information sources, including in particular the results of the International Crime (Victim)  Survey.

On 14 February 2000, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina created, under its auspices, the Latin American Crime and Justice Research Institute, IIDEJUAL. The IIDEJUAL has as its long-term goal the creation of a clearinghouse of data and information on crime and justice in the Latin American region and collaborates with CICP.

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Source: United Nations Surveys on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems, 2013

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