Reference resources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, etc.) are essential to research. They provide quick facts, statistics, and topical overviews that may not be found elsewhere. Below is a sample of the BCC libraries' criminal justice related reference books. Those in print format do not leave the library. Those online require an active BCC ID.
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Print Reference Resources
The library has a large selection of Criminal Justice related reference books. Here are just a few.
Provides current information on more than 5,000 legal topics. Includes completely revised articles covering important issues, biographies, definitions of legal terms and more. Covers such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, and physician-assisted suicide.
Covering some of the most hotly contested topics in crime and criminal justice, including proposed sentencing and prison reforms, controversial developments like Stand Your Ground laws, and Supreme Court decisions, this work supplies essential background, current data, and a range of viewpoints on these important issues, enabling readers to better understand current crime/punishment issues within the context of America's ever-evolving culture, economy, and politics.
This work covers the most important aspects of criminal justice in the United States. It details the commission and frequency of crimes through the investigation, apprehension, prosecution, and punishment of wrongdoers.
This book explores all aspects of the gun control issue, including incidence of gun violence; gun rights; government regulation, legislation, and court decisions; gun organizations (for gun control and for gun rights); gun enthusiast subcultures (hunters, target shooters, collectors); and U.S. attitudes toward guns. It presents current and historical data on U.S. gun violence and places these numbers against international statistics on gun violence.