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Criminal Justice

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Find Journal Articles in Databases
Criminal Justice Abstracts Restricted Resource findit database
The premier source for finding scholarly articles and other informaiton related to criminal justice.  Topics covered include: courts and the legal process; adult corrections; crime prevention and control strategies; crime, the offender, and the victim; juvenile justice and delinquency; and police.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
NCJRS is a federally sponsored information clearinghouse for people around the country and the world involved with research, policy, and practice related to criminal and juvenile justice and drug control. Materials cover the areas of: corrections, courts, drugs and crime, international, juvenile justice, law enforcement, victims of crime and statistics as well as grants and funding information.


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The Miller Center Library's collection of books, videos, and more can be searched using MnPALS

Criminal Justice books are located in the Basement West of the Miller Center in the call number range HV6000 - HV9960.  

HV 6250 Victims of Crime
HV 6080 Criminal Psychology
HV 7431 Prevention of Crime
HV 7435-7439 Gun Control
HV 7935-8025 Police Administration
HV 8073-8079.35 Criminal Investigation
HV 8301-9920.7 Corrections
HV9051-9230 Juvenile Delinquency
Find Statistics
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Includes statistics on crimes & victims, criminal offenders, special topics, national and statement law enforcement, prosecution, courts and sentencing, corrections, expenditures and criminal records' systems. Also includes data for analysis (data sets, spread sheets, code books), and links to other relevant sources. Includes comprehensive list of published reports and surveys.

Minnesota Uniform Crime Reports
The BCA compiles a statistical report each year detailing the amount of criminal activity in the state. The data for this report is submitted by individual law enforcement agencies. The report includes offenses, clearances and arrests, as well as the number of law enforcement officers killed or assaulted, firearms discharges by law enforcement, missing children reports, police pursuits and bias offenses.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
The mission of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) is to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
National statistics resource compiled by the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany.

Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States
This resource offers details on offenses, arrests, and police employment data with national totals broken down by region, state, and agency. 
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FindLaw
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Legal Research and Information Web Sites (University of Minnesota)
A subject index to legal resources on the internet, courtesy of the University of Minnesota Law Library.

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Minnesota State Law Library
Search briefs and decisions of the Minnesota Appellate Courts, county and city ordinances, and more.  Includes referral guides for legal resources in every Minnesota county. 
Oranizations and Associations
American Correctional Assocaiton
For more than 143 years, the American Correctional Association has championed the cause of corrections and correctional effectiveness. Founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession.

American Society of Criminology
The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.

Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association
Founded in 1920, the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association has over 20,000 members including prosecutors, private defense counsel, appellate and trial judges, law professors, correctional and law enforcement personnel, law students, public defenders, and other criminal justice professionals.

Justice Research and Statistics Association
The Justice Research and Statistics Association is a national nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) directors, and other researchers and practitioners throughout government, academia, and the justice community who are dedicated to the use of research and analysis to make informed policy and program decisions.

National Criminal Justice Assocaiton
The NCJA represents state, tribal, and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues.  Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecutions, defense, courts, victim-witness services, and educational institutions to federal, state, and local elected officials. 
Websites
CrimeSolutions.gov
The Office of Justice Programs’ CrimeSolutions.gov uses rigorous research to determine what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services

Criminal Justice Links
from the Institute for Intergovernmental Research

Criminal Justice Links
from the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
Featured Books
Women doing life : gender, punishment, and the struggle for identity
HV9471 .L436 2016 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
How do women – mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces and grandmothers -- make sense of judgment to a lifetime behind bars? In Women Doing Life, Lora Bex Lempert examines the carceral experiences of women serving life sentences, presenting a typology of the ways that life-sentenced women grow and self-actualize, resist prison definitions, reflect on and “own” their criminal acts, and ultimately create meaningful lives behind prison walls.


Unfair : the new science of criminal injustice
HV7419 .B46 2015 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
A crusading legal scholar exposes the powerful psychological forces that undermine our criminal justice system--and affect us all. Our nation is founded on the notion that the law is impartial, that legal cases are won or lost on the basis of evidence, careful reasoning and nuanced argument. But they may, in fact, turn on the temperature of the courtroom, the camera angle of a defendant's taped confession, or a simple word choice or gesture during a cross-examination.
 
Subject Specialist
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Michael Gorman
Associate Professor, Research Librarian
MC 140F
(320) 308-2028
msgorman@stcloudstate.edu

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Career Information
Career Center from the National Criminal Justice Association

Employment Exchange from the American Society of Criminology

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Occupational Outlook Handbook
Nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. Describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
Citing Sources
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
READY REF BF76.7 .P83 2010 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Official manual for APA documentation. Available in print only, in the Ready Reference section of the library, 1st floor. Latest edition is 6th edition, 2010.

APA Formatting and Style Guide from OWL at Purdue
Provides examples of formatting papers, in-text citations, footnotes and endnotes, and reference lists in APA style. Updated according to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

RefWorks Restricted Resource
Manage your research and create bibliographies with a click of a button. Set up your account from an on-campus computer and then use RefWorks from anywhere. If you are asked, our "group code" is RWStCloudSU.
 
Previous Featured Books
Class, race, gender, and crime : the social realities of justice in America
HV9950 .B34 2015 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
A popular, and provocative, introduction to crime and the criminal justice system through the lens of class, race, gender, and their intersections. Systematically explores how the main sites of power and privilege in the U.S. consciously or unconsciously shape our understanding of crime and justice in society today.

Color behind bars : racism in the U.S. prison system
HV9471 .C645 2014 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
A diverse, critical analysis of racial and ethnic disparities within the American criminal justice system that encourages critical thinking by providing various sides to the issues


Exploring and understanding careers in criminal justice : a comprehensive guide
HV9950 .S545 2015 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
A practical, comprehensive guide that easily explains the extensive operations and the scope of employment possibilities and opportunities in the criminal justice profession. Covers many criminal justice functions and career paths that are seldom discussed when preparing for a career in criminal justice and focuses on how to obtain employment in a career field that fits personal strengths and aspirations and emphasize the value of internships and service learning as tools to obtain the desired position.

Media coverage of crime and criminal justice
P96.C74 R63 2014 Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Critically examines the media to identify how crime and criminal justice are treated in the news, entertainment, and infotainment media. The book sheds light on important realities of crime and criminal justice and corrects major misconceptions created by coverage of crime and criminal justice in the media.


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