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Criminal Justice

Open Textbooks

    • Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System
      OER textbook by Adam J. McKee that overviews the criminal justice system of the United States. In six chapters, the book covers the workings of the legal system as well as policing, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice.
    • American Government
      While this textbook is designed for an American Government course, Chapters 4 and 5 focus on civil rights and civil liberties, which may be useful for some CRJ courses.
    • Ethics in Law Enforcement
      Open book exploring moral and ethical issues in the criminal justice system.
    • Deviance, Crime, and Social Control (Textbook Chapter)
      Chapter 7 from BCCampus open textbook Introduction to Sociology.
    • Social Problems: Continuity and Change
      From Univ. of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. “A realistic but motivating look at the many issues that are facing our society today.”
    • Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking
      By Rod Gehl, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Darryl Plecas, University of the Fraser Valley. “A teaching text describing and segmenting criminal investigations into its component parts to illustrate the craft of criminal investigation.”
    • Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
      “This book can be used on a quarter or semester system, as well as cover topics that may get left out of some introductory texts such as controversial issues in the criminal justice system. Further, [the authors] made it as comprehensive as possible to cover core concepts and areas in the criminal justice system including theory, policing, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system. Additionally, [the authors] created examples that will help make difficult concepts or ideas more relatable. Every section provides an overview of key terms, critical thinking questions for course engagement, assignments, and other ancillaries such as multimedia links, images, activity ideas, and more.”

Open Courses & Sites

    • Urban Omnibus
      “Based in New York City, Urban Omnibus is The Architectural League’s online publication dedicated to observing, understanding, and shaping the city. We raise new questions, illuminate diverse perspectives, and document creative projects to advance the collective work of citymaking.” All works published on Urban Omnibus are CC-BY-NC-ND unless otherwise noted.
    • Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law (MIT Open Courseware)
      Open seminar from MIT that examines the relationship between race, crime, and citizenship through mass incarceration, case studies of racial disparities, and national security policing.
    • The meaning of crime (OpenLearn)
      Note that OpenLearn is U.K.-based. “This free course examines how we, as a ‘society’, define crime. You will look at the fear that is generated within communities and what evidence is available to support claims that are made about crime rates.”
Image credits: This image “Criminal Justice hero” is a derivative of “Sun Lilly Justice Scales 2 Remix” and “Open Handcuffs” at https://openclipart.org
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