Criminal Justice Mega-Sites:
The Best Links on the Web
WEBSITES IN CJ (HOT DOGS)
Bruce Hoffman's CrimeTheory.com (Ohio University)
Greek's Criminal Justice Links (Florida State)
Prof. Charles Dreveskracht's
CJ Resources (Northeastern State)
Eskridge's CJ Classes & More (Univ. Nebraska)
Nesbary's Guide to the Internet for CJ (Oakland Univ.)
David Vanderhoof's Death Penalty Resources (UNC-Pembroke)
Prof. Frank Schmallenger's CJ
Central (JRA-Hilton Head)
Prof. Gregg Barak's Internet Home of
Criminology (Eastern Michigan)
Prof. Harald Schweizer's Global
Criminal Justice Links (Fresno State)
Prof. Henry Fradella's Website
(College of New Jersey)
Ira Wilsker's Law Enforcement Sites on the Web (Lamar Univ.)
Prof. James Alan
Fox' Dean of Death Page (Northeastern)
Jeanne Curran's Dear Habermas (CSU-Dominguez Hills)
Thomas' Critical Criminologist Home Page (Northern Illinois)
John Fuller's Peacemaking and Crime (West Georgia)
Prof. John Scheb's Legal
Studies Website (Univ. Tennessee)
Mentor's Website (Fayetteville State)
Prof. Mathieu Deflem's Sociology of Crime
& Justice (South Carolina)
Matt Robinson's Justice Blind (Appalachian State)
Carlie's CJ AdviseNet (Southwest Missouri)
Prof. Patrick Jackson's
Redwood Highway (Sonoma State)
Peter Reuter's Criminology and Economics Program (Maryland)
Prof. Phil Reichel's CJ
Education Web Site (Northern Colorado)
Phyllis Gerstenfeld's CJ Homepage (California-Stanislaus)
Prof. Ralph Taylor's CJ Methods Web Site
Sam Walker's Police Accountability Page (Nebraska-Omaha)
Prof. Todd Clear's
Toddclear.org (John Jay College)
O'Connor's Criminal Justice MegaLinks (NC Wesleyan)
FOR HARD-TO-FIND TOPICS & JUST ABOUT ANYTHING
- Australian Institute of Criminology A wealth of
policy-related materials & links to other related sites.
- Adam McKee's International Encyclopedia
of Justice Studies A topical arrangement of links to sites on various criminal justice topics like
gun control, civil liberties, drugs, and civil liberties.
LIBRARY.com CourtTV's unique blend of special interest topics.
Emma's Domain - an eclectic mix of
crime-related interests, such as profiling and conspiracy theories.
Criminology Links A fairly complete set of schools, journals, and European
resources. For a broader world view, try
International Links via the
United Nations Extensive information and great statistics. Also visit the World Factbook of CJ Systems for
other international links. Don't forget to see Hieros Gamos
for world links on the practice of law.
- Indiana University's List of
CJ Resources on the Net A rather lengthy list of resources maintained by a library
subject specialist at Indiana-Bloomington.
- Michigan State University's
List of CJ Resources. As good as Indiana's list, and maybe better.
Mitretek CJ InfoTechnology Institute A well-organized site with
international, federal, state and local resources from this DOD vendor in
McLean, Virginia. However, a lot of people like
RAND's Resources more.
Quinto Press A reform-oriented site which ranks the states in terms of where it is
safest from crime.
- North Carolina Justice Academy
A great North Carolina site which libraries a respectable collection of CJ links, police training,
and legal commentaries. Also see UNC's Institute of
- Prof. Bernard Hibbitt's Legal
History Not too lawyer-oriented, and a good overview of law.
- Solon's Voyage A
Presocratic theme at this well-designed site devoted to Law, Women, and Criminology from
Australia. Also oriented to crimes against women and victimology is Sherri Overall's Home Page. See IAWP
for policewomen history.
- VOMA's Victim-Offender Mediation Links.
A long list of resources on mediation. Also see Victim
Assistance Online for the comprehensive source of victim-witness programs.
of Justice Internet Exploration Guide. Annotated links, analyses, and
- Zeno's Forensic Page
as well as Reddy's Forensic Page
which is huge, Scott Carpenter's page, and the Indian Academy of
OFFICIAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA AND FACTS: (Most State and Federal
datasites require you have installed the Adobe Acrobat reader
to view .pdf files.) The program is available free from Adobe Corp. It's a cinch
to install. Be sure to fetch the right version for your computer:
Probably the most extensive source of information on criminal justice in the world. NCJRS
is a group of clearinghouses supporting all the bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Bureau
of Justice Statistics (BJS), the Bureau of
Justice Assistance (BJA), the Office of
Victims of Crime (OVC), and the Office of
National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
- NLECTC This is the National Law Enforcement and
Corrections Technology Center, home of the JUSTNET web site, which includes technology reviews on such products as Laser
Dazzlers and smart guns, DNA
commission studies, crime mapping
& analysis, and other publications.
- The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice
Statistics This is the online version of the annual SOURCEBOOK published by
SUNY-Albany. Over 600 tables of data on just about any topic imaginable. Perfect tables,
charts, and diagrams for importing into term papers.
- The Interuniversity Consortium for
Political and Social Research The ICPSR is a consortium of colleges and universities
where researchers have archived their latest research projects. Over 500 online data
collections. Good source for secondary data analysis.
- The United Nations
Office of Crime and Drugs This former UNCJIN site archives documents and data from
around the world.
- The World Justice
Information Network A joint NIJ/Abt Associates site that is a library of
news clippings from around the world.
- The State Information Authorities
All states have one of these clearinghouses who do
research and funnel bloc grant money.
- Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
The latest facts and news.
- The National Criminal Justice Association An
association that lobbies for state and local governments and utilizes research findings.
Most files are viewable from within your browser.
- The National Consortium for Justice Information and
Statistics A non-profit organization dedicated to providing cutting-edge information.
Most files are viewable from within your browser.
- Syracuse Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Info on laws enforced and crimes handled by federal law enforcement agencies: FBI, DEA,
ATF, IRS, requires password, but free sections include About the Law guide to 3,000 fed
- Uniform Crime Reports and
NIBRS The UCR is published by the FBI as
our "official" crime rate and is searchable by city and state. NIBRS is the new
Incident-Based Reporting System.
- North Carolina Crime
Statistics The state version of the UCR. Some files require the Acrobat reader. Also
see NC CJ Perspectives for data
profiles and forecasts.
POLICE RESOURCES: (Visit the Police Hall of Fame)
- OFFICER.COM The most popular site in law
enforcement, over 3,000 hits per day, agency directories, special units & more.
- POLICE GUIDE A monster site with over 250
pages, directories, links, memorabilia, collecting and other resources.
a news site.
- PIMA's Law Enforcement Online A
growing list of over 2400 law enforcement agencies; state/county/municipal and federal maintained by a community college in
Arizona. A big site worth visiting to appreciate the hard work put into it.
- The Law Enforcement Guide to the Internet
Leolinks contains customized search engines to find any law enforcement site indexed anywhere
else as well as resource links.
- The Law Enforcement Officer's Search
Engine A rapidly growing site with a frequently updated database for software, HTML
help, chat, and just about anything else related to policing and law. A technologically
sophisticated database site.
- Absea's Law Enforcement
Network Rates the top 100 police sites.
- The Police Chief's Internet Guide A
fairly new site
just starting out which also has Internet Guides for Detectives and Prosecutors. An
- The Official State Police Agency
Directory A comprehensive guide to state police and highway patrol agencies as well as
- Cops on the Net An
extensive site by the owner of a number of web rings with links to agencies by state and
topic and chat opportunities. Coplink and CopsOnline also provide opportunities
for interaction or discussing the latest police news.
- Public Safety Center Dedicated to
Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and communications professionals with a humor & graphics
- Carolina's Institute for
Community Policing. For GIS, visit the Geography Professor.
For community policing links, visit the Omaha Institute, Michigan State, CP Pages,
or CP Consortium.
- Police Stressline Links, humor, counseling and a
whole lot more.
- Ex-FBI-agents.com Briefings
and private investigations.
- Hi-Tech Criminal Justice Reading
lists, learning resources, and more.
- Forensic CSI An interesting
focus on all things forensic.
- 1-Adam-12 and Mayberry
RFD Tributes to some old TV shows.
- The Station Links to
departments, sheriffs, and law enforcement topics.
- Scott's Cyber Cop Stop
Human Sanitation Engineering homepage.
- The Flash's Home Page aka The Thin Blue
Line, from California.
- www.policescanner.com Live dispatch feeds
and lots more.
- COPSpot Lots of links and resources here at
this site. Steadily growing.
- The New COPNet, former
www.copnet.org Links from the
Software Alberta Society.
- University Police Resources
This USC site maintains a good list of campus agencies.
- Intelligence Sites This rather
unusual site indexes the vast number of intelligence agencies, like the CIA, that have
some connection with law enforcement.
- The Private Investigator's Resources Extensive
private eye resources and links. Also see the
Virtual Gumshoe to another comprehensive find anybody site.
- The Crime Scene Analysis Handbook A
good, solid, basic guide. See Forensics.
- War Stories by Real Cops
Makes for interesting case study.
- America's Most Wanted Criminals
See who the bad guys are. One of many sites.
- America's Dumbest Criminals
The web version of this online TV show.
LEGAL AND LAW-RELATED RESOURCES: (Most of these sites are
free. If you are
new to the study of law, see Duhaime's
Law Dictionary, the TnCrimLaw
What Is? or 5-Hour Law School
for FAQs, or this Glossary
The premiere legal site that posts key documents on
the Web. Resources include recent and historic Supreme Court
cases, a complete copy of the U.S. Code,
the Federal Rules of Evidence,
the Rules of Criminal
Procedure and a
whole lot more. Highly comprehensive.
Devoted to Law, Technology, and Internet Usage; contains
links for Legal Research, Resources, Government, Judicial.
- Older Supreme Court Cases
1937-75 They pick up where Cornell left off.
- Constitutional Resources on the Web An
extensive analysis of almost every line in the Constitution and links to resources on the
- CrimeLynx - A popular site dedicated to only
the best on the web
- The 5-Hour Law School Recommended, explains what are all those books lawyers use, what
you will learn in three years of law school, and bar exams.
- The American Bar Association This is the place
to access LAWLINK, a useful index of starting points. Also makes available some State and
- The National Center for State
Courts The place to look for State opinions.
- Substantive Law on the Web Devoted
to MacIntosh lawyers, a nice old page.
- FINDLAW Excellent,
probably the best and most often-used search engine by lawyers; also see The LAWCRAWLER, a powerful search engine that is
specially designed for legal research using words and phrases.
- Key Cite from West Publishing Similar to
WESTLAW on CD-Rom from West Publishing Company. This site charges $3.75 a search and
serves the same purpose as Shepards Citations from McGraw-Hill, verifying if your case is
still "good law".
- HIEROS GAMOS-The Comprehensive Legal Site A huge
site devoted to the worldwide practice of law. Over 70,000 links, every government in the
- Legal Research Online An
extensive index of resources from this Internet Service Provider.
- The Law Guru An extensive site offering free
legal advice, "Ask an Expert", common questions and answers, and research
- ALL LAW-the Lawyer's Home Page A free online
service to legal and nonlegal links of interest to lawyers.
- North Carolina Legal Resources
A mega-site in itself, provided by the Middle District US Courts in North Carolina.
- TnCrimLaw A primer-oriented
excellent set of resources.
- Criminal Defense Online A nicely done "best
of" site from the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office.
- Pretrial Law
Links This association out of Florida aims to be comprehensive in this
Federal Courts A good guide. Also see the Juror Handbook.
- Legal and Court-Related Sites This
takes you to Ira Wilsker's mega-Courts site.
- Victim-Assistance Online A reference and
communications resource for victim support agencies.
- COURT TV A legal, court and crime
news site, covering live trials.
- Claims.com; ExpertPages.com;
and Ewitness.com Experts on the Net
LAW LIBRARIES: (Some of my favorites)
CORRECTIONS AND PRISON-RELATED RESOURCES: (Many of the sites in this
area are heavily politicized. I've avoided those like the Virtual Prison, in favor of ones
that provide information.)
- CORRECTIONS CONNECTION The biggest site in
corrections, constantly growing in resource coverage, with association links, and pointers
to just about every state and county in the U.S. as well as a whole lot more. Also houses
the American Correctional Association home
- The Other Side of the
Wall A nicely-done site
focusing on prison law and a whole lot more. See Rick's List of Prison Links for the
hard-to-find topics like health and religion with state-by-state links.
- Criminal Justice Institute (Connecticut) -
publishers of the Corrections Yearbook.
- The NYS C.O.'s
Information Page An extensive prison site maintained by a New York corrections officer
and AFSCME advocate. Go here for prison news, gang info, and issues, especially union
- National Institute of Corrections
Resources and federal training documents.
- Prison Privatization Research This is
a good site on all things privatized.
- IGC PeaceNet
An online community of political activists who have amassed a collection of annotated
links, including many prison-related ones.
- The JailNet Somewhat the same as the ACA home
page, but focused on jails.
- Families Against Mandatory Minimums Claims to be
the most comprehensive source of info on sentencing laws, but questionable if they
deliver on this claim.
- Death Penalty Links A fairly comprehensive
source, also don't forget the Critical Criminology home page for good
death penalty links, prisons, punishment, and wrongful executions, or Prof. David's Death Penalty
- Mark's Parole & Crime This
site fills the void for parole sites on the web, and also contains prison, gang, serial
killer, sex offender, and substance abuse links.
- True Justice Webring A
bunch of sites related to correctional themes.
- Guide to Gangs and Graffiti An
online book that is corrections-oriented.
- Thy Keeper's Voice An online newsletter
that is corrections-oriented.
- Correctional Education Connections Click on
the Detailed Site Contents to see a listing of topics and issues of interest to educators
- Prison Issues Desk A
project of the Prison Activist Resource Center (PARC), a source of news,
analysis, & up-to-date statistics on prison issues.
- The Prison Zone Prison photos, art, and
- Pen Pals in Prison Although inmates don't have
Internet home pages, this site is set up for people to have e-mail forwarded to them. Kind
of like a dating service.
- West Texas Community
Supervision. Many programs explained.
PUBLISHERS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE TEXTBOOKS: (Don't underestimate these
sites. Publishers now produce supporting web pages for their textbooks. Mini-lectures,
sample tests, virtual simulations, resource links, and all sorts of neat things can be
Academic/Butterworth Heinemann/Elsevier Security and CJ, also
- Allyn and Bacon CJ textbook publisher and
their CJ Links
Lots of books and readers for use as CJ textbooks
- Ashgate A few law, human rights, and
- Aspen A law book publisher, their
CJ-police line acquired by Jones & Bartlett
- Ayer Co. Publishers A few reprints of
classic monographs on crime topics
- Calibre Press Police Science
of Survival books, also see Paladin
- Carolina Academic Press A
growing collection of books on criminal justice
- Charles C. Thomas Publications An
old, distinguished publishing house in CJ
- Copperhouse/Atomic Dog
Low-cost books for training or education
- CQ Press Interesting titles on
law, democracy, and courts
- CRC Press Practical books for
training on just about any police topic imaginable
- Glencoe/McGraw Hill A line
of good quality CJ textbooks
- Greenwood Publishing Group
Includes Praeger Books and other criminology works
- Houghton Mifflin Texts for CJ listed
in other fields, also see related Coursewise
- Kluwer Academic Publishers High
quality books and journals from the Netherlands; owns Plenum
- Michie The Law-CJ division of
- Looseleaf Law Good police
training and exam prep materials
- McGraw-Hill(Higher Ed) A popular line of CJ textbooks and
their build-a-book Primis service
- Mellen Press Criminology
and law titles from this UK/US publisher
- Nelson (ITP Nelson) Canada's largest publisher
- Nolo Press Famous for their
affordable self-help law books and pocket guides
- Oxford University Press Old and
new classics in Criminology
- Prentice Hall Almost all their books have
support pages. CJ resources are at the CJ 2000
site, and then there's Frank Schmallenger's CJ Central
- Random House They
market some academic books
- Routledge/Taylor-Francis Group
A major publisher of references and textbooks
- Roxbury A California publisher of
Criminology and CJ texts, some titles available as pdf files
- Sage A really, really big time operation in the
- Sheffield A small publisher of
textbooks and supplements
- Stipes Publishing Another small
publisher of textbooks
- Thomson Learning (hompage) Their
e-catalog is here, owners
of Wadsworth, Gale, and WebTutor
- University Press of America
Longtime publisher of first-time authors
- Wadsworth A big line of CJ textbooks with a
CJ Resource Center
- Waveland Carrier of a line of
criminal justice books
- Westview A small publisher
JOURNALS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE: (Not necessarily a complete list.
Some sites allow free viewing of all issues while others only allow a look at abstracts
and selected articles from recent issues. The first few links are search
DISCUSSION WITH OTHERS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE: (If you are interested
in discussing news and opinions in CJ, then use one of the following links to mailing
lists, bulletin boards, or chat, or visit Cecil Greek's listserv page. Visit Liszt to search for your interests and Albion.com to brush up on your
You subscribe to mailing lists by sending e-mail commands to the computer where the list
is located (called a listserv or majordomo). You then receive a message back confirming
your subscription with detailed instructions. Save these
instructions so you can unsubscribe properly. Once you are confirmed, you will start
receiving a volume of e-mail every day, which you can choose to have sent in digest form
when it gets heavy or have it temporarily stopped, by using the no-mail command.
- CJUST-L A discussion group of
academics, practitioners, students, and citizens on current issues such as police, court,
or prison reform. To subscribe, type SUBSCRIBE CJUST-L YourName in the message area of
your e-mail, leave the subject box empty.
- Forens-L A discussion group devoted to
current news in forensic science. Type SUBSCRIBE FORENS-L YourName in message, leave
- LII Bulletin The Legal
Information Institute at Cornell Univ. which will send you summaries of Supreme Court
decisions the day after they are handed down. Type SUBSCRIBE LIIBULLETIN YourName in
message, leave subject blank.
- POLICE-L To subscribe, you should be a
sworn police officer.
- PRISONS-L For correctional
officers, but slightly LEO oriented. A better list is the one for Correctional Treatment or the one you
email Lance Hollister about.
- UNCJIN-L The United Nations discussion
group of topics related to international criminal justice. Type SUBSCRIBE UNCJIN-L
YourName in message, leave subject blank.
- PSYLAW-L A discussion group for
topics related to psychology and the law. Type SUBSCRIBE PSYLAW-L YourName in message,
leave subject blank.
- JUSTINFO NCJRS will mail you news of
recent research and grant opportunities in criminal justice if you let them know you're
- Search USENET using DEJANEWS The newsgroup search engine
bought out by Google. USENET used to archive all those alt- channels,
and there were (and still are) hundreds of them devoted to justice. Sometimes you get good, original
content, and sometimes you get people who just want to share things.
- MetaList of Mailing Lists This is a MetaSite search
engine that allows you to check out what topics are being discussed on IRC channels,
newsgroups, and mailing lists. It's kind of ironic, but to search for academic topics, you
have to set the junk filter at "none".
- About.com Newsletters This is
the home page for the About.com guides, many of whom have newsletters and other
interactive features at their sites. Many sites are CJ-related.
- Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- ACJS, the premiere organization; regionals:
Southwestern, Western; sections:
Minorities and Women, Police,
- American Society of Criminology - ASC, a premiere organization; divisions:
People of Color, Women
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- forensic science
- American Bar Association-CJ Section -
America's premiere criminal lawyers
- Academy of Behavioral Profiling - for the
professionalization of criminal profiling
- American Board of Criminalists - incredible, lists grad programs in forensic science
- American Correctional
Association - at Corrections.com
- American Jail Association
- at Corrections.com
- American Judges Association -
AJA links & lectures
- American Society for Industrial Security - ASIS, security industry home page
- Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction - a
small group just starting out
- Association of State Uniform
Crime Reporting Programs - ASUCRP
- High Technology Crime Investigation Association - a
group of specialists
- IADLEST - links to
almost every state POST council or standards commission
- International Association of Chiefs of Police -
their home and resource page
- International Association of Women Police - the
policewoman movement since 1910
- International Association of
Correctional Officers - huge site which is OICJ homepage
- International Association of
Correctional Training Personnel - for trainers
- International Association of Crime Analysts
- great links, a software and jobs page. For an example of
what a Crime Analysis Unit does, see Tempe PD.
- International Association of Doctoral Law
Enforcement Officers - Doc Cops; also see APAI,
dedicated to college educated cops
- International Association for
Identification - a chapter page from Louisiana
- International Association of
Police Planners - new 1999 site
- International Union of Police Associations -
IUPA - a major police union
- International Assoc. for Property & Evidence -
for inventory officers everywhere
- Justice Studies Association
- seeks a progressive, activist social justice
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement
Executives - a mentoring site
- National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
- meeting announcements and newsletters.
- National Drug Enforcement Officers Association -
- National Paralegal
Association - also see the Federation
- National Sheriffs' Association - a great site,
and their own county-by-county linklist
- Police Executive Research Forum -
partnerships for scholarly pursuits
- Society of Police Futurists International
- they do long-range forecasting
- Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
- Consulting psychologists and academics
- Southern States Police Benevolent
Association - a big group
- U.S. Deputy Sheriff's Association - A large and
RETURN TO CATEGORIES: COMPREHENSIVE,
RESEARCH, POLICE, COURTS, CORRECTIONS, PUBLISHERS, JOURNALS,
DISCUSSION, AND ASSOCIATIONS.
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