Fundamental Cases in Criminal Justice

This text provides edited and abridged cases that are intended to be easy to read and provide lower division students with a gentle introduction to key legal concepts that define the workings of our criminal justice system.

The links to the HTML (web) OER version are below, and the text is available in low-cost print and Kindle eBook editions:

Table of Contents

The following cases are heavily edited and abridged.  The idea is to make them more readable.  As such, they should not be relied upon as binding authority.

 Part I:  Safeguards

Part II:  Police


Part III:  Courts and Sentencing

Part IV:  Corrections

Part V:  Juvenile Justice

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