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Almost a third of global detainees are held without sentencing. The United States has the highest imprisoned population and prison population rates in the world (Institute for Criminal Policy Research, n.d.). Vulnerable populations, including women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ folks, are disproportionately affected by discriminatory laws, prosecution, and sentencing. Poor prison conditions including violence, lack of health care, and forced labor threaten human wellbeing. The goal of this challenge is to promote just criminal systems locally, nationally, and worldwide.

Background Information

Reference resources provide a starting point for your research projects.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference provides hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and more in one place. Below is a sample of keyword searches in Credo Reference related to criminal justice:

Reference ebooks

Call Numbers & Subject Headings for Criminal Justice

You can use the list of call numbers and subject headings below as keyword searches in our catalog and databases, or you can go to these sections of the library to find books on these topics.

  • HV6001-7220.5: Criminology
  • HV6250-6250.4: Victims of crimes. Victimology
  • HV6251-6773.55: Crimes and offenses
  • HV7231-9960: Criminal justice administration
  • HV7431: Prevention of crime, methods, etc.
  • HV7435-7439: Gun control
  • HV7551-8280.7: Police. Detectives. Constabulary
  • HV8035-8069: Special classes of crimes, offenses and criminals
  • HV8073-8079.35: Investigation of crimes. Examination and identification of prisoners
  • HV8301-9920.7: Prisons. Corrections
  • HV9051-9230.7: Juvenile offenders. Juvenile delinquency.
  • HV9261-9430.7 :Reformation and reclamation of adult prisoners


Books from Lane Library

All books in this list are located in the Franzen Center on Floor 3A.

Search terms for additional books in Lane Library’s catalog:

Discovery Search: Search Lane Library’s books, ebooks, and articles in one place.

Books from other libraries

WorldCat: Search for books not available at Lane Library and borrow from other libraries for free through interlibrary loan.



The following databases are useful places to search for criminal justice-related articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.

  • Academic Search Complete: Wide range of academic disciplines, including for scholarly and popular journals.
  • JSTOR: Full-text archive of scholarly journals in the arts and sciences. Issues from the past three to five years may not be available.
  • New York Times: Access to news and archival content from NY Times. If you run into a paywall, here is more information on how to sign up.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.
  • ProQuest Social Science Journals: Over 550 full-text journals covering a range of social science topics.
  • PsycInfo: Behavioral science and related disciplines.

Get articles from other libraries

If you cannot find a full-text version of the article you need, request it through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a free service that allows you to borrow books and articles from other libraries. Find answers to frequently asked questions about ILL here.

Government Sources, Statistics, and Websites

Government sources


  • Bureau of Justice Statistics: Primary statistical agency of the Dept. of Justice. Resource for information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.
  • CIA World Factbook : Background information on each country in the world.
  • Gallup polls: Public opinion polls regularly conducted on political, social, and economic issues.
  • ProQuest Statistical Abstracts: Over 1400 indexed tables of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: Regularly updated global statistical series on crime, criminal justice, drug trafficking and prices, drug production, and drug use.
  • US Census Bureau: Access to data from federal surveys and censuses.
  • World Almanac: Annual book with political, economic, scientific, and educational statistics. / Lane Library AY67 .N5 W7.


Schumacher, Karlyn

Access Services Librarian Lane Library Departments: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Course, Reserves

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