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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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Keep an eye out for this icons when you're looking for Criminal Justice resources in the library and on our website.

Library Icon H for Social Sciences

The call numbers "H" is the general classification for with the "HV" is where the majority books on Criminal Justice topics will be found. 

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See also Paralegal Studies Research Guide hosted by Lauren Rider Division Street Librarian.


As criminal justice students, crime fiction can give you into an insight into how writers vividly represent and take license with your fields of study in narrative form. The following are a few books for the bibliophile in PSCC catalog.


​​Agatha Christie

Arthur Conan Doyle



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    

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