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CJST: Criminal Justice: Websites

U.S. Federal Agencies Immediately Under the Department of Justice

Department of Justice

A list of all agencies of the Department of Justice whose stated mission is “to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)

ATF is a law enforcement agency in the United States’ Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. 

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

BJA is committed to initiatives in many areas of criminal justice such as law enforcement, counter-terrorism, substance abuse, crime prevention.  Their site

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

"The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States"

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

"Todays' FBI is an intelligence-driven and threat-focused national security organization with both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities that is staffed bu a dedicated cadre of more than 30,000 agents, analysts, and other professionals who work around the clock and across the globe to protect the U.S. from terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and major criminal threats, and to provide its many partners with services, support, training, and leadership."

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

"The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) focuses on research, development, and evaluation of crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenge of criminal justice, particularly at local and state levels."

U.S. Marshals Service (USMS)

"The U.S. Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency. Federal Marshals have served the country since 1789, oftentimes in unseen but critical ways. To this day, the Marshals occupy a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, and as such, it is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative."

PA State and Local Government Agencies

State of Pennsylvania

Department of Corrections (DOC)

"The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is the Pennsylvania state agency that is responsible for the confinement, care and rehabilitation of approximately 47,000 inmates at state correctional facilities funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

Governor's Office of Homeland Security

"The Governor's Office of Homeland Security coordinates homeland security activities by working with our federal agencies, regional task forces, local governments and the private sector. The office works to secure the commonwealth against acts of terrorism."

Office of Victim Advocate (OVA)

"OVA's services are grounded in two separate but equally important foundations. First, Pennsylvania's Crime Victims Act legislates post-sentencing rights and services for victims of crime in the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections and the Pennsylvania Parole Board. It's OVA's responsibility to implement these rights. Second, the voices of victims have provided the inspiration and the framework for the development of our operations and various program offerings."

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD)

"By statute, the Commission provides leadership in system-wide coordination and in building collaboration among public servants and private citizens representing all aspects of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and victim services."

State Police

"The Pennsylvania State Police was created by an act of the legislation which was signed into law by Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker on May 2, 1905. It was the first uniformed police organization of its kind in the United States."

Monroe County

Monroe County Sheriff's Department

"The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to providing quality law enforcement to meet the needs of the courts and the community. We provide a substantial level of services to the Courts and the community."

Northampton County 

Northampton County Department of Corrections

To provide for the incarceration of adult and youthful offenders in a fashion that provides for the protection of the public safety, the protection of institutional safety, the delivery of a constitutional level of services to those in need and the opportunity for program participation intended to reduce the likelihood of re-incarceration.

Northampton County Sheriff's Department

"The Northampton County Sheriff's Department is a professional law enforcement agency charged with a multitude of duties and responsibilities, including providing building and court room security at the County Courthouse and other County buildings, transporting prisoners, locating and apprehending fugitives, serving warrants, legal papers and notices, administering the foreclosure, repossession and sale of real and personal property, and issuing a variety of permits."

U.S. Federal Agencies Immediately Under the Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

"The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear - keeping America safe."

Customs and Border Protection

"To safeguard America's borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation's global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

"ICE'S mission is to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. This mission is executed through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes and focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods."

Secret Service

"Today, the U.S. Secret Service fights crime on a global scale through its field offices located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The agency works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement organizations. These entities are valued partners of the Secret Service, and they are integral to the agency’s investigative and protective endeavors."

U.S. Federal Agencies Immediately Under the Department of Treasury

Department of Treasury

"The Treasury Department is the executive agency responsible for promoting economic prosperity and ensuring the financial security of the United States. The Department is responsible for a wide range of activities such as advising the President on economic and financial issues, encouraging sustainable economic growth, and fostering improved governance in financial institutions."

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

"The mission of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use, combat money laundering, and promote national security through the strategic use of financial authorities and the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence."

Additional Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The American Civil Liberties Union is a nonprofit organization founded in 1920 "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States".

American Correctional Association (ACA)

"The American Correctional Association provides a professional organization for all individuals and groups, both public and private that share a common goal of improving the justice system."

Crime Solutions

Government website from the National Institute of Justice, covering programs and best practices for practitioners and policy makers.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)

From the U.S. Department of Justice. Has a great A-Z List of Topics, which could be helpful to students who need to think of a research topic.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

"NIJ is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice. We are dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. We provide objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal and juvenile justice communities to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels."

National Institute of Justice Journal (NIJ Journal)

The NIJ Journal, published several times a year, features articles to help criminal justice policymakers and practitioners stay informed about new developments. The NIJ Journal presents research-based information that can help inform policy decisions and improve understanding of the criminal justice system.

National Police Foundation

"The National Police Foundation has been on the cutting edge of police innovation for 45 years since it was established by the Ford Foundation as a result of the President’s Commission on the Challenge of Crime in a Free Society."

Police news from around the nation.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. The site contains data on substance abuse, treatment and more.