Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

  • MERLOT Criminal Justice – an educational resource for teaching and learning. Use this portal to discover online learning materials, MERLOT members, journals, professional organizations, and news in your discipline. Please be aware that all resources in MERLOT are open.
  • C-SPAN Video Library  One of the most comprehensive video archives of governmental and political content. Freely available to the public. Search terms: “criminology, “criminal justice”
  • Law and Society An MIT OpenCourseWare class examining “the central features of law as a social institution and as a feature of popular culture. We will explore the nature of law as a set of social systems, central actors in the systems, legal reasoning, and the relationship of the legal form and reasoning to social change.”
  • Crime, Heredity and Insanity in American History “This course will give students an opportunity to learn more about the ways in which Americans have thought about crime and insanity and how their ideas have changed over time.” From the University of Notre Dame OpenCourseWare.
  • The Meaning of Crime A unit from The Open University investigating definitions of crime, the process of going from crime to conviction, and society’s views of crimes and criminal justice.
  • ASC Syllabi Collection A collection of course resources for criminal justice and criminology classes, including syllabi, readings, activities and films. Compiled by The American Society of Criminology.
  • Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System   This text is designed as a first course in criminal justice.  It covers police, courts, and corrections, integrating the juvenile justice system.
  • Fundamental Cases in Criminal Justice This text provides easy to read, abridged landmark cases across a wide variety of criminal justice topics.
  • Legal Research for Criminal Justice This text is designed for a legal research methods course taught within a criminal justice program.
  • 50 Essential Open Courseware about Criminal Justice
  • MIT Courseware – Law and Society – 50 essential open courseware classes to learn about criminal justice.
  • OER Commons
  • Data and Statistical Resources
    •  FBI – Crime Statistics Publish or contribute to a series of statistical crime reports and publications, detailing specific offenses and outlining trends that can help you better understand crime threats both nationally and locally
    • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities by providing access to a large database of machine-readable social science data sets
    • Data.gov Whether you are interested in crime, roadway safety, or safety in the workplace, we have something for you.
    •  Bureau of Justice Statistics To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
  • Criminal Law – textbook from Open Textbook Library
  • Criminal Justice -learning objects from Wisc-Online