42 U.S. Code § 3731 - Statement of purpose

§ 3731.
Statement of purpose

It is the purpose of this subchapter to provide for and encourage the collection and analysis of statistical information concerning crime, juvenile delinquency, and the operation of the criminal justice system and related aspects of the civil justice system and to support the development of information and statistical systems at the Federal, State, and local levels to improve the efforts of these levels of government to measure and understand the levels of crime, juvenile delinquency, and the operation of the criminal justice system and related aspects of the civil justice system. The Bureau shall utilize to the maximum extent feasible State governmental organizations and facilities responsible for the collection and analysis of criminal justice data and statistics. In carrying out the provisions of this subchapter, the Bureau shall give primary emphasis to the problems of State and local justice systems.

(Pub. L. 90–351, title I, § 301, as added Pub. L. 96–157, § 2, Dec. 27, 1979, 93 Stat. 1176; amended Pub. L. 98–473, title II, § 605(a), Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 2079.)
Prior Provisions

A prior section 3731, Pub. L. 90–351, title I, § 301, June 19, 1968, 82 Stat. 199; Pub. L. 91–644, title I, § 4(1)–(4), Jan. 2, 1971, 84 Stat. 1882; Pub. L. 93–83, § 2, Aug. 6, 1973, 87 Stat. 199; Pub. L. 94–503, title I, §§ 109, 128(b), Oct. 15, 1976, 90 Stat. 2411, 2424, related to purposes and categories of grants for law enforcement and criminal justice purposes, prior to the general amendment of this chapter by Pub. L. 96–157.


1984—Pub. L. 98–473 struck out “(including white-collar crime and public corruption)” after “information concerning crime” and “(including crimes against the elderly, white-collar crime, and public corruption)” after “levels of crime”.

Effective Date of 1984 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 98–473 effective Oct. 12, 1984, see section 609AA(a) of Pub. L. 98–473, set out as an Effective Date note under section 3711 of this title.

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