United States Bureau of Justice Statistics Law and Legal Definition

The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. It is one among the agencies that constitute the Office of Justice Programs. The BJS was established on December 27, 1979 pursuant to the Justice Systems Improvement Act of 1979.

The BJS is tasked with responsibility of collecting, analyzing, and publishing information and data related to crimes, criminal offenders, and victims of crimes in the U.S. Federal, state, and local policymakers refer such data to check and verify if the justice system is efficient.