Lies, damn lies and statistics. We can do without the first two, but at some point we all need to find the third. Fortunately, many sources of statistics are now online. The Library's Internet Legal Resources page has collected sites of interest to the courts in a section called Courts and Statistics, http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/mnlr.html#courts. Here you will find links to government sources, such as the Bureau of Justice Statistics, http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/, and Minnesota's Criminal Justice Statistics Center, http://www.mnplan.state.mn.us/cj/index.html, as well as non-governmental organizations such as the National Center for State Courts, http://www.ncsconline.org/.
Need something more general? The Non-legal Reference section of the Internet Legal Resources page, http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/mnlr.html#ref, links to the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistical Abstract of the United States, http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/, and the University of Michigan library's wide-ranging portal to Statistical Resources on the Web, http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/stats.html. Between these you can find everything from temperature trends in the lower atmosphere, http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/sap/sap1-1/finalreport/default.htm, to the Consumer Price Index.
And that's no lie.
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