A major purpose of this site is to showcase my free criminal justice textbooks. These textbooks are released free of charge (as Open Educational Resources) on this site in electronic form. Many people still want paper books, but those can’t be offered for free. I have tried to offer print versions for the best price possible. Below is a list of my OER projects that are available via Amazon. Instructor and Student Resources (that I’ve managed to finish!) are available via the “Learning Resources” links in the online table of contents for each book.
Use the OER item in the menu at the top of this page to navigate to the free online version.
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Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System is my free introduction to criminal justice textbook. The free version is available on this site, and the print version is available on Amazon.com. It is designed to be accompanied by the Fundamental Cases text below.
Fundamental Cases in Criminal Justice provides abridged, easily read Supreme Court cases designed to provide an overview of constitutional issues in American criminal justice. The traditional division of police, courts, and corrections is used, as well as a final section on juvenile justice. Designed to accompany an introductory course, confusing footnotes, headnotes, and legal citations have been removed.
Both Kindle and Print editions are available on Amazon.com.
Fundamental Cases in Procedural Law is a collection of important cases that provide a clear understanding of how the court analyzes various constitutional issues in the context of modern policing. The free online version is available on this site, and the Kindle and print editions are available on Amazon.com. Note that this book is part of series: It is designed to accompany Fundamental Cases on the Fourth Amendment (below) and my future work, Fundamentals of Procedural Law.
Note that all of my Kindle versions are part of the Kindle Unlimited Program, so if you subscribe to that service you can borrow the book at no additional cost.
Fundamental Cases on the Fourth Amendment is an edited and abridge selection of Fourth Amendment cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. While designed to accompany a course in procedural law, anyone interested in the contours of the Fourth Amendment will find these cases interesting and informative. The free OER edition is available on this site, and the Kindle and paper editions are available on Amazon.com.
This volume covers the fundamentals of the criminal investigations process from a call to 911 to the investigator turning over a rock-solid case file to prosecutors. The free OER version of this text is available on this site, and the Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.com.
Fundamentals of Social Statistics takes an “intelligent consumerism” perspective on a field much maligned by students. While formulas for “hand” computations are provided in text boxes, the bulk of this little book focuses on obtaining the desired results from Excel and interpreting those results in a plain English context. The author’s focus is decidedly conceptual rather than taking a more traditional computational approach. This text is appropriate for a first course as well as a user-friendly desk reference for more advanced courses. The free electronic (OER) version is available on this site, and the Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.com.
Fundamentals of Finance: A Guide for Helping Professionals is intended to demystify and provide an understanding of the basic concepts of personal finance that every individual needs to know. This material is intended for the average American worker, not financial planners and business professionals. It is intended to help those that help others prosper by considering a lifestyle based on the salary “helping professionals” such as teachers, social workers, police officers, and so forth. Regardless of your vocation, this book will help you understand the right way to think about your money and manage it so that you avoid the common pitfalls of modern society that cause strained relationships, sleepless nights, and missed opportunities. The free online version is available on this site, and the Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.com.
This book considers the need to invest for retirement as well as ways to do it, and ways not to do it. Rather than adopting a rigid “one size fits all” approach as most investing books do, this one provides you with enough information to decide on a path to retirement that suits your goals, objectives, needs, and fears. You’ll learn the basic types of assets, how to evaluate each, and how to create a portfolio from them that will provide you with sufficient financial growth to provide for a retirement of dignity and security. The free electronic version is available on this site, and the Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.com.
This volume covers the fundamentals of social research methodology. The free version is available on this site, and the Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.com.
Non-OER Books by McKee
A few of my titles have not been released as OER and are only available as print editions. Links are provided below.
The idea of guardian ethics is to provide an overview of a new take on the police as “guardians” and providing a historical ethical framework–that of the Samurai of ancient Japan.
Dr. McKee begins this book with what was once a bold assertion that policing in America is broken. Based on a 2016 paper he wrote with his colleague Dr. Andre Lewis, McKee asserts that a new paradigm of community policing is the solution. A major contention of the book is that America has already developed the tools needed to fix policing, we just need a systematic way of thinking about those changes as a whole (a theoretical framework), and to develop the political will to implement them. The failure of previous attempts to install community policing is examined, and prescriptions are made on how those problems can be avoided in the future.