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Forum on Crime and Society

Special Issue - Improving Knowledge on Crime: Towards Better Data

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Proceedings of the meeting of the open-ended expert group on ways and means of improving crime data collection, research and analysis with a view to enhancing the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other relevant international bodies, Vienna, 8-10 February 2006

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Collecting statistics on prisons: Strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems

The section of the United Nations Survey of Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems on prisons enjoys a relatively high rate of response, with an average of 47 per cent of variables completed for 2003 and 2004. However, the results of the Survey are far from being satisfactory in terms of quantity and quality. The Survey represents a unique data collection exercise through which relevant information could be collected from all Member States. It reaches the main agencies and sources of data in the criminal justice systems of Member States and, for countries providing complete responses, it allows for an analysis of the rate of attrition in the administration of justice.

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