Public Safety, the Military & the Legal System

Nationwide

ATF Firearms & Explosives Licensees ($)
The ATF Federal Firearms Licensee database lists all federally approved gun dealers in the United States. That includes stores, rifle clubs, museums and individuals who want to own guns that require a ATF permit. This database is managed by Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Campus Crime ($)
This database includes crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years, and indicates whether a crime reported was a “hate crime”; statistics are broken down geographically into on-campus, residential, non-campus and public property. This database is managed by Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Federal Inmate Locator
Locate inmates in federal prison from 1982 to the present. This site is managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Juvenile Offender Populations: 1990-2008
View and compare juvenile population data by age, race, sex and ethnicity across the nation, by state or county. This data is compiled by the National Center for Juvenile Justice.

Reporting ExampleRead this story from the Providence Journal, which relied on Department of Justice data and other court recordsR.I. truants who offend magistrates are sent straight to jail

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
View a wealth of data and publications on a number of criminal justice topics, including corrections, the court system, juvenile justice, crime prevention and drugs.

National Crime Victimization Survey
A primary source of data on criminal victimization, this ongoing survey samples 76,000 households on the frequency, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization in the United States. The most recent data available is 2008; the survey began in 1973. With this survey, the Bureau of Justice Statistics can estimate the likelihood of victimization by rape, sexual assault, robbery, assault, theft, household burglary, and car theft for the entire population, as well as by specific group, such as city dwellers or the elderly.

Pacer (Public Access to Court Electronic Records ($))
Online access to U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records and documents

State-by-State Gun Laws
Search for state gun laws from the National Rifle Association

VINELink (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
Search for information on criminal cases and the custody status of offenders. There is no information available for Maine, the service is available in select counties only in Mass. and N.H. and is available statewide in Vt., R.I. and Conn.

Dept. of Defense Personnel and Military Casualty Statistics
Search casualty statistics for both military and civilian personnel. Viewable by region/country or rank/grade.

FBI Uniform Crime Report
This site, maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, offers annual publications on crime statistics in the United States, including hate crimes, crimes against law enforcement and crime rates, collected from nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the nation.

By State

Connecticut

Attorney/Firm Inquiry
Search by juris number or last name, or by firm name and town or city for record of discipline. This database is maintained by the state’s judicial branch.

Criminal Disposition Database
All Connecticut criminal and motor vehicle cases disposed of either by conviction or bond forfeiture order, since January 1 2000, are available online. Records are searchable by last name and birth year, court location, and category. The Connecticut judicial branch maintains this information.

Judicial Roster
Listing of state judges (family support, appellate, superior, senior, trial and supreme) with mail and phone contact information; the Connecticut judicial branch manages this information.

Criminal Justice Digital Library
Collection of Connecticut state publications on recidivism, prison population, probation, and other aspects of criminal justice. The Connecticut State Library manages this information.

Sex Offender Registry
Search for registered sex offenders; the Department of Public Safety maintains this database

Legal Case Search
Look up cases for the following divisions:

  • Civil / Family
  • Criminal / Motor Vehicle
  • Housing
  • Juvenile Access Pilot Program
  • Small Claims

This database is maintained by the state’s judicial branch.

Supreme Court Opinions
Search through an archive of supreme court opinions from 2000 to 2010; the state’s judicial branch maintains this archive.

Maine

Board of Overseers of the Bar
No searchable database (you can call the board to request disciplinary history for an attorney); includes a list of disbarred and suspended attorneys

Judicial Roster:
District, Superior and Supreme Court judges (summary form)

District Court

Superior Court

Supreme Court

Maine Statistical Analysis Center
University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service in conjunction with the Maine Dept. of Corrections conducts applied research, evaluates programs and new initiatives, and provides technical assistance, consultation and organizational development services. Includes a wide range of reports on adult and juvenile offenders

Sex Offender Registry
Information available includes: name, date of birth, photograph (if available), city or town of physical domicile, place of employment, place of school attendance, and statutory citation/name of crime for which the registrant was convicted.

Superior Court
Searchable database of superior court decisions; search by plaintiff, defendant, year of decision, code/statute or rule

Opinions & Orders
Search by keyword; not all cases are online; includes administrative orders, district court standing orders, supreme court opinions, superior court opinions, bar decisions

Massachusetts

Board of Bar Overseers Database
Search by first and last name and city of law firm for record of attorney discipline. The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers oversees this database.

State Judges
Listing of judges in the state, along with biographical information where available. The Massachusetts Court System maintains this information.

Prisons Research Data
Prison population and recidivism data, including female offender reports, historical reports, population projections and ‘release to the street’ reports. These data are maintained by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security.

Sex Offender Registry
Search for convicted sex offenders with each offender classified by level of sex offense. This database is maintained by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security.

Trial Court Case Search (subscription required)
Search the Mass. superior court by party, docket number or calendar. This database is managed by the Trial Court Information Center.

Supreme Judicial Court & Appeals Court Decisions
Search cases and decisions by docket number, party, attorney appearance, lower court or lower court judge; the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court of Massachusetts manages this information.

New Hampshire

Attorney Discipline System
Search for public discipline or warnings by attorney name, year, complaining party, docket number, sanction/warning; the New Hampshire Supreme Court manages this information.

State & Local Judges
Comb through listings of justices by court. Some biographical information is included. The New Hampshire Judicial Branch manages this information.

Department of Corrections Publications
Annual Reports for the years 2001-2009 and recidivism reports; the Department of Correction’s Public Information Office posts this information.

Registration of Criminal (Sex) Offenders
The registry contains identifying information about the offense for which the sex offender/offender against children is registered. It does not reflect the entire criminal history of the listed sex offender/offender against children. It does not currently include any out of state criminal history. The New Hampshire Department of Public Safety manages the registry.

Frequently Requested Cases
These pages have been developed to provide electronic access to information, including court records and other documents, frequently requested by the public and the media (criminal & civil). The New Hampshire Judicial Branch manages this site.

Supreme Court of New Hampshire Cases
Searchable database of Supreme Court of New Hampshire decisions since January 1997. An archive of Opinion Summaries from September 2000 to the present is also available. Cases are browsable by date and searchable by docket number, case title and full text. FindLaw.com manages this database of cases.

Rhode Island

Judicial Roster
A listing of state and local judges (no biographical information is available); the Rhode Island Judiciary manages this information.

Offender Statistics & Reports
View reports on average age and racial breakdown of offenders, the recidivism rate and other criminal data. The Rhode Island Department of Corrections maintains these reports.

Sex Offender Community Notification Unit: Offender Listings
A database of convicted sex offenders; search by city/town or zip code. The State of Rhode Island Parole Board & Sex Offender Community Notification Unit maintains this list.

Superior Court Decisions
View decisions in summary form from 2000-2010 as PDFs; the Judiciary of Rhode Island manages this information.

Supreme Court of Rhode Island cases
Searchable database of Supreme Court of Rhode Island decisions since January 1997; archive of Opinion Summaries from September 2000 to the Present. Cases are browsable by date and searchable by docket number, case title, and full text. FindLaw.com manages this information.

Vermont

Attorneys in Good Standing
Summary list of all attorneys in the state who are in good standing; the Vermont Judiciary manages this list.

Judicial Assignments
Search a listing of judges organized by court; the Vermont Judiciary manages this information.

Crime Statistics
Crime statistics from 1997-2008; report contains an analysis of crime reported to law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Vermont during calendar year 2008. Crimes reported to state police, municipal police, sheriff departments, and other state law enforcement agencies are analyzed in the report. Crime statistics are arranged statewide, by county, and by town. The Department of Public Safety maintains this information.

Sex Offender Registry
Search by last name, city, town or county for registered sex offenders in the State of Vermont; the Vermont Criminal Information Center maintains this database.

Superior Court
Civil Division Opinions, Environmental Division Opinions and Supreme Court Opinions are available here in summary form. The Vermont Judiciary manages this information.

Courts Online
Vermont Courts Online provides access to calendar information for all of Vermont’s District and Family Courts and 12 of the state’s 14 Superior Courts, as well as detailed case information for 12 of the 14 Vermont Superior Courts (civil and small claims cases); Detailed case information about District and Family Court cases is currently not accessible through VTCourtsOnLine. This includes cases such as criminal, domestic, juvenile, etc. The Vermont Judiciary manages this information.

Supreme Court Decisions
Summary list (by case name, docket number and date) of Vermont Supreme Court decisions 2003 to the present. The Vermont Department of Libraries manages this information.

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