World Justice Information Network – The International Criminal Justice Library – Support WJIN

The World Justice Information Network (WJIN) is an information gateway and research forum for the global community of criminal justice and legal professionals. Its mission is to facilitate discovery and dissemination of knowledge about crime, justice and the rule of law around the world. WJIN provides a flexible and easy-to-use platform for matching content providers and their target audiences. 

Through soliciting, authoring, publishing, translating, cataloging, filtering, annotating and distributing digital materials in a simple, clear and convenient format and providing cutting edge web-centric technologies, WJIN bridges the international digital divide and empowers partners around the world to actively participate in the process of building global networks of knowledge about crime and justice. 

It all started at the signing ceremony at the 9th United Nations Crime Congress in Cairo, Egypt in 1995, when the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) of the U.S. Department of Justice joined the family of the fourteen United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network Institutes.  Addressing the pressing need for global sharing of criminal justice information, NIJ made its first contribution to the UN Institutes in a form of an Internet capacity building program called the United Nations Online Crime and Justice Clearinghouse (UNOJUST). With financial assistance from the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the U.S. Department of State, NIJ has donated computer equipment, software, Internet access, technical support and training and assisted in bringing the vision of the UN Crime and Justice Information Network (UNCJIN) from paper to reality. A direct successor to UNOJUST, WJIN continued its close cooperation with the United Nations Centre for International Crime Prevention (CICP).  In 1998, WJIN moved beyond the small community of the founding members and opened its membership to the entire world. The Rule of Law Foundation, a small nonprofit organization in Washington, DC (USA), continued to host and operate WJIN under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Justice, the U.S. Department of Justice and financial support from the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, U.S. Department of State.

Since January 2001, WJIN has been run by Abt Associates, Inc. in close cooperation with the International Center of the National Institute of Justice.

WJIN is a global virtual library. Representing the fundamental shift in librarianship caused by the Information Age, WJIN is not merely a “warehouse of books”, but rather a “virtual information broker” that offers its users a content map of the criminal justice world with an ability to instantly access information you need in a few mouse clicks.  The biggest problem of the contemporary Web is that users are getting either too much or too little information, with almost nothing in between. WJIN strives to offer its members amount of information that is just right to answer their questions. A creative combination of global search gateways and proprietary collaborative filtering techniques allows WJIN members to instantly expand the scope of their search to millions of Web documents or narrow it down to few most accurate, straight-to-the-point search results already reviewed and recommended by experts. And the user is always in control!  Web sites listed in the WJIN Community section represent the centerpiece of its collections and the principal source of credibility for its virtual holdings. These content providers are well-established research and policy institutions, highly reputable within the international criminal justice community. All of them signed content sharing agreements with the National Institute of Justice through its International Document Exchange (IDE) Program. Started in early 1980s and operated by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) as primarily an inter-library exchange of hard copy research publications, this program now has about 120 members from over 50 countries. Combined with WJIN innovative syndication technologies, IDE Programs serves as a legitimate way of sharing digital content among international partners without infringing on their intellectual property rights. 

Currently, WJIN collects and disseminates information on about 1,000 topics organized into the following broad categories: administration of justice, courts and judicial process, crime and crime prevention, international cooperation, juvenile justice, law enforcement, legislation and law making, mental health and addictions, sentencing and corrections, victim assistance. 

WJIN audience includes policy makers, executives, criminal justice and law enforcement professionals, members of international organizations, researchers and professors, students, civic activists, journalists and concerned citizens worldwide. Anyone with interest in criminal justice area can access WJIN materials and registration is not necessary.  As of January 1, 2002, there are about 10,000 registered WJIN members from 120 countries and this number is growing rapidly.  Currently, registration is free of charge, subject to continuation of subsidies from the WJIN sponsors and contributors. 

To become a registered WJIN member, go to the registration page and follow the procedure. The system will immediately confirm your member status.

Note: Materials published by the WJIN do not necessarily reflect the official position of the United States nor are they endorsed by the U.S. Government.