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"US to Expand Its Definition of Rape" By Charlie Savage, The New York Times 09 January 12
The federal government is changing its longstanding definition of "forcible rape" in compiling national crime statistics - expanding both the definition of victims, to include males, and the types of sexual assault that will be counted in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report.

"Alcohol and Crime: Data from 2002 to 2008" includes analyses from four data sources that examine the involvement of alcohol and violent crime from different perspectives and different sets of criminal behaviors. (BJS)
"Federal Justice Statistics, 2007 - Statistical Tables" describes criminal case processing in the federal justice system, including arrest and booking through sentencing and corrections. (BJS)
SAMHSA's National Survey on Drug Use & Health is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population, age 12 and older.   Correlates in OAS reports include the following:  age, gender, pregnancy status, race/ethnicity, education, employment, geographic area, frequency of use, and  association with alcohol, tobacco, & illegal drug use.
2009 National Survey on Drug Use & Health – the full report provides the latest data on prevalence and correlates of substance use, serious mental illness, related problems, and treatment in the civilian population aged 12 or older in the U.S.

“Criminal Justice Surveys and Public Opinion Polls”  By Ken Strutin, Published on June 23, 2009
Surveys and opinion polls conducted by government, academic, or private groups provide snapshots of the workings of the criminal justice system. Collecting information from original sources or coordinating data from existing streams, these studies provide new insights into the effectiveness of policies and programs as well as revealing public perceptions and attitudes. They also serve as benchmarks when measured against past studies and offer guidance for future planning.  This article examines some of the sources for surveys and public polling concerning the criminal justice system. In addition to overview studies about the application of surveys to criminal justice, the selected topics include: crime, criminal histories, death penalty, public defense, sentencing, sex offenses, treatment, and reentry.

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