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Criminal Justice define as the system of law enforcement, involving police, lawyers, courts, and corrections, used for all stages of criminal proceedings and punishment. (

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What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice, , interdisciplinary academic study of the police, criminal courts, correctional institutions (e.g., prisons), and juvenile justice agencies, as well as of the agents who operate within these institutions. Criminal justice is distinct from criminal law, which defines the specific behaviors that are prohibited by and punishable under law, and from criminology, which is the scientific study of the non-legal aspects of crime and delinquency, including their causes, correction, and prevention.  (Britannica Academic)

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Subject Headings

These are some subject headings that may be used to locate books in the catalog and EBSCO eBooks collection:

  • Capital Punishment
  • Corrections
  • Crime
  • Crime & Criminals
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Female Offenders
  • Human Trafficking
  • Imprisonment
  • Law
  • Policing
  • Prisoners
  • Punishment
  • Recidivism
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sex Offenders
  • Victims of Crime
  • Violent Offenders

Call Numbers

Us these call numbers to browse by Library of  Congress call numbers:

  • HV 6001-7220.5  Criminology
  • HV 6250-6250.4 Victims of crime
  • HV 6251-6773.55  Crimes and offenses
  • HV 7231-9960  Criminal justice administration
  • HV 7431  Crime prevention
  • HV 7551-8280.7 Police
  • HV 7935-8025 Police administration
  • HV 8031-8080 Policing
  • HV 8035-8069  Special crimes, offenses, and criminals
  • HV 8073-8079.35  Criminal investigation
  • HV 8301-9920.7     Prisons. Corrections
  • HV 9051-9230.7  Juvenile offenders. Juvenile delinquency
  • HV 9261-9430.7  Reformation of adult prisoners including probation, parole, reentry