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State of the Criminal Justice System Dashboard


Studies and resources are included here to provide contextual information and enhance the understanding of the data presented on the State of the Criminal Justice System Dashboard. By studying a topic area closely, the researcher comes to better understand the context and underlying issues of the Canadian criminal justice system, and how it interacts with other social systems, such as housing, health care, education, and employment.

Although not exhaustive, Justice Canada has compiled the following links to federal partners’ research and/or resource sites.

Federal Criminal Justice System Partner Research Publications and Resources

Crime and Justice Statistics Hub, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada

As part of Statistics Canada, the national statistical office, the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS) provides an online resource center via the Crime and Justice Statistics Hub. This Hub ensures Canadians have key information (data, reports, infographics) on the nature and extent of crime in Canada as well as looking at the justice system as a whole.

Parole Board of Canada

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is an independent administrative tribunal that is part of the Canadian criminal justice system. It contributes to the protection of society by facilitating, as appropriate, the timely reintegration of offenders as law-abiding citizens through quality conditional release decisions. The PBC also makes record suspension and expungement decisions; and clemency recommendations. The link below provides Canadians with information resources related to its programs and services.

Reports and Publications, Office of the Correctional Investigator

As the ombudsman for federally sentenced offenders, the Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI) serves Canadians and contributes to safe, lawful and humane corrections through independent oversight of the Correctional Service of Canada by providing accessible, impartial and timely investigation of individual and systemic concerns. In addition to the OCI’s annual reports, they also publish related special topic research reports.

Reports and Publications, Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada helps build a safe and resilient Canada by keeping Canadians safe from a range of risks such as crime and terrorism. The research unit provides links to available research reports relevant to public safety matters such as Indigenous policing and corrections, contraband tobacco, corrections, crime prevention, countering crime, counter-terrorism, cyber security, gun crimes and firearms, human trafficking, illicit drugs, victim issues, organized crime, and more.

Research, Correctional Service Canada

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) provides links to publications summaries and one-pagers prepared, commissioned or funded by CSC. Where applicable, full research reports are available upon request to the CSC Research Branch. Research topics include Indigenous offenders, correctional operations, community corrections, correctional programs and interventions, health and mental health, substance abuse, offender profiles and forecasting, and women offenders.

Research and Statistics Division, Justice Canada

The Research and Statistics Division (RSD) at the Department of Justice produces high-quality empirical research and statistical analysis using social science methods to help ensure policy decisions are based on evidence. While some reports are written in-house by RSD researchers, other reports are written by external subject matter specialists, who are contracted by the RSD to answer specific questions in their fields of expertise.

Reports, Research and Publications, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is Canada's national police service. The following link provides Canadians with access to available reports, research and publications on various matters such as Indigenous communities, crime prevention and safety, drugs/contraband tobacco, firearms, human trafficking, the National Security Criminal Investigations Program, and policing/peace operations.


Criminological Highlights, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies University of Toronto

Criminological Highlights provides an accessible look at some of the more interesting, high quality, criminological research that is currently being published. Its focus is on research that is policy-relevant.