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Criminal LawCriminal Law

"Criminal Law uses a two-step process to augment learning, called the applied approach.  First, after building a strong foundation from scratch, Criminal Law introduces you to crimes and defenses that have been broken down into separate components. It is so much easier to memorize and comprehend the subject matter when it is simplified this way"OER Commons

Written by Storm, Lisa

Licensing CC BY-NC-SA


Criminal Justice: An Overview of the System

This text is designed as a first course in criminal justice. It covers police, courts, and corrections, integrating the juvenile justice system.

Written by Adam McKee

Licensing (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0)


Ethics in Law Enforcement OER resourceEthics in Law Enforcement

In this book, you will examine the moral and ethical issues that exist within law enforcement. This book will also familiarize you with the basic history, principles, and theories of ethics. These concepts will then be applied to the major components of the criminal justice system: policing, the courts, and corrections. Discussion will focus on personal values, individual responsibility, decision making, discretion, and the structure of accountability. Specific topics covered will include core values, codes of conduct, ethical dilemmas, organizational consequences, liability, and the importance of critical thinking. By the end of this book, you will be able to distinguish and critically debate contemporary ethical issues in law enforcement.

Written by Steve McCartney & Rick Parent

Licensing CC-BY


undefinedIntroduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking

Introduction to Criminal Investigation, Processes, Practices, and Thinking is a teaching text designed to assist the student in developing their own structured mental map of processes, practices, and thinking to conduct criminal investigations.

Written by Gehl and Plecas

Licensing CC BY-NC

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