National Criminal Justice Reference Service [NCJRS] Law and Legal Definition

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service [NCJRS] is a federally funded program established in 1972 that offers worldwide justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development. The NCJRS broadcasts publications from the U.S. Department of United States Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) agencies, as well as the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Office on Violence Against Women, National Institute of Corrections (NIC), and Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

NCJRS also maintains a criminal justice library and reference center, and serves as a resource for law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and researchers. Its services and resources are available to all persons including policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, community leaders, and the general public.