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Resources to use for Mrs. Duford's Criminal Justice Class.

Criminal Justice

This course examines all three segments of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and prisons. Current issues and cases are examined extensively. To prepare you to be "college and career ready" we will focus on establishing strong research skills and will expect academic integrity at all times.




Databases and Ebooks

The following databases are especially good for researching the topics covered in your class.  You can certainly explore any of the library's online resources, available on the library homepage.


Bureau of Justice Statistics
Primary sources for criminal justice statistics and information. The BJS publishes and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Careers in Criminal Justice
A comprehensive look at careers in the criminal justice field.

The Crime Report
The Crime Report  (TCR) is the nation’s only comprehensive news service covering the diverse challenges and issues of 21st century criminal justice in the U.S. and abroad.

National Institute of Justice
The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. NIJ provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to reduce crime and promote justice, particularly at the state and local levels.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Sponsored by the federal government, provides justice and drug-related information.






Google Web Search

Not sure what to look for when evaluating an internet source? Check out this short video.

Books: Check these out! We have these and many more titles related to the topics you will be covering in your class.

Search for Additional Book Resources in the library.

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Academic Integrity

Cite your sources!

BHS uses the MLA style of citation.  Hopefully you all have your Style Manuals from last year!  No?! Fear not, we have extra copies and it is also available on the Library Website



Learning Targets

2015-2016 Criminal Justice Learning Targets:

Unit 1:  Careers in our Criminal Justice System
I can explain how and why careers in the CJ system have evolved over time.
I can identify the different categories of jobs in the CJ system, i.e. court, police, forensics, lawyers etc.
I can articulate which careers interest me and why.

Unit 2:  History of the CJ system
I can explain the symbolism behind the Blind Lady of Justice.
I can create and explain a timeline representing how our CJ system has changed over time.
I can explain where the foundation of our CJ system came from.
I can explain the purpose of the CJ system.
I can explain the elements that make up a crime.
I can explain the difference between a justification and excuse defense.
I can identify the procedural safeguards for our rights:  Bill of Rights, Due Process. 

Unit 3:  The Basics of our CJ system:
I can define crime.
I can explain the different theories behind determining criminal behavior.
I can explain the purpose of the CJ system.
I can identify the way the CJ is structured.
I can explain the process that an individual would follow once they enter the CJ system.
I can identify the different types of crime.
I can explain the state of the CJ system today.

Unit 4:  Causes of Crime:
I understand the theory behind the study of criminology.
I can explain and identify the difference between correlation and cause.
I can explain the difference between the Scientific Method and Theory in Action.
I can explain the relationship between Crime and free will.