Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System

Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System by Adam J. McKee

This OER textbook is designed for an “introduction to criminal justice” class or a similar course.  It is designed to provide a survey of the field, including police, courts, and corrections to students with no background in criminal justice.   


Note that this introductory criminal justice text is designed to be accompanied by another text, Fundamental Cases in Criminal Justice.


This work is licensed under an Open Educational Resource-Quality Master Source (OER-QMS) License.

Open Education Resource--Quality Master Source License


Table of Contents

Prefatory Materials
Preface ]
Chapter I:  The Criminal Justice System
[ Chapter Introductory Text ]
Section 1.1:  Major Components
[ Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 1.2: Roles, Objectives, and Limits in Criminal Justice
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 1.3:  Measuring Crime
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 1.4: The Criminal Justice Process
Text Learning Resources ]
Section 1.5:  The Criminal Justice Process (Continued)
Text | Learning Resources ]
Chapter II: The Political and Legal Environment of Criminal Justice
Chapter 2 Introductory Text ]
Section 2.1:  Dual Federalism
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 2.2:  Politics in Criminal Justice
[ Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 2.3 The Supreme Court
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 2.4: The Civil Rights Revolution
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section:  2.5:  Theories of Punishment
Text | Learning Resources ]
Chapter III: Criminal Law
Chapter Introductory Text ]

Section 3.1:  Sources of the Criminal Law
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 3.2:  Substantive Criminal Law
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 3.3: Elements of Crimes
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 3.4:  Legal Defenses
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 3.5:  Substantive Offenses
[ Text | Learning Resources ]
Chapter IV: Law Enforcement
Chapter Introductory Text ]



Section 4.1:  Early History of Policing
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 4.2:  Structure and Nature of Policing
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 4.3:  Police Methods
[ Text | Learning Resources ]



Section 4.4:  Investigations and Specialized Units
Text | Learning Resources ]
4.5:  Legal Environment of Policing
Text | Learning Resources ]
Chapter V: Courts and Sentencing
Chapter Introductory Text ]
Section 5.1:  State and Federal Courts
Text Learning Resources ]
Section 5.2:  Prosecution and Defense
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 5.3:  Pretrial Process
Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 5.4:  The Criminal Trial
[  Text | Learning Resources ]

Section 5.5:  Sentencing

 


Chapter VI: Prisons, Jails, and Community Corrections
Chapter Introductory Text ]
Section 6.1:  Jails
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 6.2 Prisons
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 6.3: Prisoner’s Rights
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 6.4:  Probation
[  Text | Learning Resources ]
Section 6.5:  Parole

What to help keep this site and my criminal justice OER texts running?  See the About Us page for links to donate.


 



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.