Information systems based on law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system


This report in three volumes is the result of an analysis of material submitted to the EMCDDA in the period 2000–01 on the sources of law enforcement and criminal justice information in Member States. At the time of the study, the reliability and comparability of many of these statistics was unknown, and their value as indirect indicators of drug trends was therefore unclear. The project aimed to gain an insight into the context, recording practices and methodological characteristics of available law-enforcement data. In addition, it also sought to obtain more information on the specific populations coming into contact with law-enforcement institutions such as arrestees or prisoners. The 'Information map on law-enforcement sources' instrument was developed for this purpose, filled in by each Member State through its Reitox national focal point and provided to the EMCDDA for comparative analysis.

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Table of contents

  • Volume 1 — Analysis and synthesis
    • Introduction and objectives
    • Materials and methods
    • Law enforcement against drug law offences/offenders
    • Between law-enforcement and prosecution
    • Overview of the judicial process
    • Information systems and data available: general overview
    • Routine information systems: analysis per indicator
    • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Volume 2 — Summary comparative tables by indicator
    • Introduction
    • Drug seizures
    • Police/customs interventions
    • Prosecution statisti
    • Conviction statistics
    • Penal statistics
    • Drug use among prisoners
  • Volume 3 — Annex: information map 2000-2001 guidelines