the complexity of crime and the importance of information on the administration of justice to the public good. Rather, the problem is that BJS lacks the position of independence and culture of innovation that are—with commensurate resources—necessary for the agency to more fully meet its legally defined expectations. BJS has accomplished a great deal in 30 years, but much work remains to be done to ensure the quality, credibility, and relevance of statistics on justice in the United States—to achieve the BJS the country deserves.

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