Reference framework for security and criminal justice statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean

This document was prepared by the Working Group on Public security of the Statistical Conference of the Americas of ECLAC, 2020-2021. The Working Group was coordinated by Mexico (National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)), with technical secretariat services provided by the Centre of Excellence for Statistical Information on Governance, Victims of Crime, Public Security and Justice (a joint project of INEGI and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)) and the Statistics Division of ECLAC. 

Its objective is to guide national efforts to create standardized statistical information on security and criminal justice in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, aligned with international standards on the subject, helping to improve the management capacities of statistical projects to measure crime and manage the corresponding records. This document sets forth an up-to-date reference framework for integrating national security and criminal justice statistics systems. It consists of six chapters that discuss this issue comprehensively, providing a detailed description of the role, components, cross-cutting and methodological issues, scopes and contents of the framework. Its postulates should be understood as recommendations and good practices, in which the national and local context will largely determine how it is applied and implemented.


Foreword .-- Chapter I. Aim of the document .-- Chapter II. National statistical systems .-- Chapter III. Security and criminal justice statistics in national statistical systems .-- Chapter IV. Components of the criminal justice system and their role in the production of statistics .--Chapter V. Cross-cutting methodological and technical issues .-- Chapter VI. Implementation path.

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Working group
Manual on the design of security and criminal justice statistical systems
Analytical studies and dissemination of results
Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis