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Criminal Justice Sites Reflect Intense National Concerns
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: United States; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications; Publishing industry; Law
Author: O'Leary, Mick
Date: Nov 2015
Start Page: 16
Pages: 2
Section: DATABASE REVIEW
Abstract (Document Summary)

"Ferguson" has entered the national vocabulary, similar to "Katrina" and "Newtown". It ignited an intense firestorm of attention to and criticism of the US' criminal justice system. There are hundreds of Web sites devoted to the panoply of criminal justice issues in the US. The large majority of these are concerned with a locality, a specific aspect of the larger issue, or advocacy rather than content aggregation. This leaves a much smaller number of Web sites that cover US criminal justice from a national perspective; deal with the topic broadly; and have substantial, research-worthy content collections. These include a recent entrant, The Marshall Project, as well as older resources such as the Vera Institute of Justice, The Sentencing Project, the Justice Policy Institute, and the Prison Policy Initiative. This article reviews the aforementioned Web sites.

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