NACJD Data on Crime/Technology Can Guide Research About Life During and After Pandemic


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Increases in telework, telehealth, and other changes in daily technology used as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic may permanently change how people live their lives. One forecast by Global Workplace Analytics estimates that up to 30% of Americans could regularly work from home at the end of 2021. Ninety-three percent of respondents to a Pew Research survey at the end of March 2020 agreed that "a major interruption to their internet or cellphone service during the outbreak would be a problem in their daily life." Keeping facts like these in mind, it is more important than ever to understand the implications of ever-evolving technology use across academic disciplines. Criminal justice is no exception. In criminology, there are indications that the COVID-19 pandemic is exerting an influence in areas like prison populations counts and domestic violence reporting calls. The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) provides datasets that can help guide the exploration and extension of research ideas for topics connecting technology and criminology. Some noteworthy NACJD datasets relate to the following topics:

Interested researchers can use the Bibliography of Data-Related Literature at ICPSR to see how each of these studies have already been examined in scholarly literature and gain ideas for extending prior research. When you use or analyze the data, be sure to cite it so it can also be featured in a Bibliography with nearly 90,000 other publications!

By Sarah Burchart and A.J. Million

Special thanks to Dory Knight-Ingram and Chelsea Samples-Steele


Aug 13, 2020

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