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OER: Open Educational Resources


book cover      Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System by Alison S. Burke et al (2019): Open Oregon Educational

This OER covers law enforcement, criminal courts, sentencing, penal institutions, and community-based sanctions. It also includes historical and contemporary perspectives on components of the criminal justice system, as well as the legal and constitutional frameworks in which they operate. Students will learn the history, functions, responsibilities, processes, and importance of each component of the criminal justice system. Students will become familiar with research and its relationship to criminal justice policy. 

book cover      Criminal Law by Lisa Storm (2015): University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. 

This engaging and interactive textbook will enhance a student's ability to be successful in academics or a career in criminal justice. Covers the Legal System in the United States, Constitutional Protections, types of offenses, and an extensive case listing in the Appendix. Criminal Law is adapted from a work produced and distributed under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA) in 2012 by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receive attribution. This adapted edition is produced by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing through the eLearning Support Initiative.

book cover       Ethics in Law Enforcement by Steve McCartney & Rick Parent (2015): BCcampus. 

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 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 include core values, codes of conduct, ethics, 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.

book cover       Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure by Cornell Law School (2014): CALI's eLangdell® Press. 

Criminal procedure deals with the set of rules governing the series of proceedings through which the government enforces substantive criminal law. This series of Federal Rules books, consisting of the Federal Rules of Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Civil Procedure,  are powered by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School, and created in partnership with The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).

book cover      Principles and Procedures of the Criminal Justice System by Larry Alvarez (2018): College of the Canyons. 

Compiled and distributed for use at College of the Canyons in California. Part of their ZTC - Zero Cost Textbook initiative, this PDF is available as a viewable and downloadable file in Google Drive. This textbook uses real examples of court rulings to demonstrate how the American justice system functions. 


Additional Resources

Criminal Justice in the Urban Community (BMCC/Lumen)

Criminology (Lumen)

Doc McKee (Adam McKee's OER & Textbook resource page)

Evidence: Best Evidence Rule (UMN Open Textbook Library)

Evidence: Jury Impeachment (UMN Open Textbook Library)

Evidence: Rape Shield Rule (UMN Open Textbook Library)

Federal Rules of Evidence (Cali's eLangdell Press)

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