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National Institute of Justice

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is a research, development, and evaluation agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. It was established in 1986 through the authority of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1986 as a way to provide evidence-based tools to criminal justice agencies and practitioners. The director of NIJ is appointed by the president of the United States to lead the agency.

The mission of NIJ is to advance knowledge and understanding of criminal justice issues through scientific methods. One of the aims of the NIJ is to provide impartial and objective knowledge and tools to better inform decision makers and criminal justice agents with regard to addressing crime reduction justice issues. In order to pursue its mission, the NIJ ...

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