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BJS is the abbreviation of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. BJS is a federal government agency belonging to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Bureau of Justice Statistics was first established on December 27, 1979 under the Justice Systems Improvement Act of 1979. It is the primary source of criminal justice statistics for federal and local policy makers. The bureau collects, analyzes and publishes data relating to crime in the United States. The agency publishes data regarding statistics gathered from the roughly fifty-thousand agencies that comprise the U.S. justice system on its Web site.