May 27, 2022

Reference: Sunlight Foundation Introduces “Hall of Justice”, Massive Inventory of Criminal Justice Datasets, Docs From U.S. Federal and State Governments

Once again, the Sunlight Foundation does useful and important work and the makes it available, free, online.

From the Launch Announcement:

2016-02-03_14-34-42Sunlight is launching Hall of Justice, a robust, searchable data inventory of nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Hall of Justice is the culmination of 18 months of work gathering data and refining technology.

The process was no easy task: Building Hall of Justice required manual entry of publicly available data sources from a multitude of locations across the country.


Hall of Justice is a first-of-its-kind, publicly available resource for various types of criminal justice data and research. Think of it like a search engine and snapshot of an 18-month effort to gather as many publicly available datasets as possible. We have tagged various datasets with categories that range from domestic violence to death in custody to prison populations.

The resource attempts to consolidate different terminology across multiple states, which is far from uniform or standardized. For example, if you search solitary confinement you will return results for data around solitary confinement, but also for the terms “segregated housing unit,” “SHU,” “administrative segregation” and “restrictive housing.” This smart search functionality makes finding datasets much easier and accessible.

Direct to Sunlight Foundation’s Hall of Justice

Read the Complete Announcement, View “How To” GIF

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.