Open Educational Resources and Administration of Justice

The curated list provided here is intended to facilitate faculty selection of an OER text in lieu of a commercial text. If you are aware of additional resources that should be included, please contact us via our general OER e-mail.

Introduction to Criminal Justice (C-ID AJ 110)

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Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System (Burke, Carter, Fedorek, Morey, Rutz-Burri, & Sanchez, 2019) 
(CC BY-SA)
Summary: This introductory textbook covers all of the basics of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections) and goes above and beyond by covering the role of media in crime and criminal justice system misrepresentations. It also gives entire dedicated chapters to crime policy and criminological theory.

Concepts of Criminal Law (C-ID AJ 120)

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 Criminal Law (2012)
(CC BY-NC-SA)
Summary: Comprehensive criminal law textbook that covers an overview of where criminal law comes from, as well as element of specific crimes. It goes over criminal law at a general level, so it is recommended to pair with the Penal Code of California.

Criminal Court Process (C-ID AJ 122)

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Principles and Procedures of the Justice System (Alvarez, 2018); Principles and Procedures of the Justice System (Alvarez, 2018) – LibreTexts      
(CC BY)
Summary: Comprehensive textbook that covers the limitations on government during the police and courts process.

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Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (2015)
(CC BY-SA)
Summary: Access to the written Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that outline the parameters of how the government can enforce law. 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).

 Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (2014-2015)
(CC BY- SA)
Summary: Access to the written Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure that outline the rules for appeals. The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure appear in the Appendix to Title 28 of the United States Code.  This publication was made with data provided by the United States government on the Office of Law Revision Counsel Bulk US Code page at: http://uscode.house.gov/download/download.shtml  
This title is current through July 31, 2014.  All updates to this material will appear at the above URL.

Legal Aspects of Evidence (C-ID AJ 124)

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Principles and Procedures of the Justice System (Alvarez, 2018); Principles and Procedures of the Justice System (Alvarez, 2018) – LibreTexts
(CC BY)
Summary: Comprehensive textbook that covers the limitations on government during the police and courts process.

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 Federal Rules of Evidence (2016)
(CC BY-SA)
Summary: Access to the written Federal Rules of evidence that outline the parameters of how the government can use evidence against the accused. These are the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) as effective December 01, 2016. The FRE govern the introduction of evidence in civil and criminal trials in United States federal courts. These Rules are often the foundation for the standard upper level law school course in Evidence.  

Criminal Investigation (C-ID AJ 140)

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Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practice and Thinking (Gehl & Plecas, 2019)
(CC BY-NC)
Summary: Comprehensive textbook covering the criminal investigation process in British Columbia. While it is international, it is still a relevant resource.

Introduction to Forensics (C-ID AJ 150)

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Community and the Justice System (C-ID AJ 160)

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Community and the Justice System (Wymore & Raber, 2019)
(CC BY-NC-ND)
Summary: Comprehensive textbook covering mainly race/ethnicity and the intersection of interactions with each area of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections). Special emphasis on multiculturalism and how to best communicate and resolve conflicts.

Introduction to Corrections (C-ID AJ 200)

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 Introduction to Corrections (Wymore & Raber, 2019)
(CC BY-NC-ND)
Summary: Comprehensive textbook covering the purpose of punishment, types of punishment, correctional programming, and special populations.

This page last updated February 4, 2021.