Criminal Justice

Subject Guides

Welcome to the library’s subject guides on Criminal Justice. This is a collection of information resources to support the research and learning of students, faculty, and researchers in subjects related to Criminal Justice.

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Associations, Organizations, and Government Agencies

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS)
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a multidisciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system.

American Correctional Association (ACA)
The American Correctional Association (ACA) serves all disciplines within the corrections profession, including professional development, certification, standards, accreditation, networking, consulting, research, publications, technology, and testing. ACA also handles conferences and exhibits in the corrections profession.

American Criminal Justice Association- Lambda Alpha Epsilon (ACJA-LAE)
The objectives of the American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon are to improve criminal justice through educational activities, foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies, promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues, encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professional training in criminal justice, provide a unified voice for professionals in, and students of, criminal justice, and to promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field.

American Jail Association (AJA)
The American Jail Association (AJA) is a national, nonprofit organization that supports the professionals who operate our nation’s jails. It is the only national association that focuses exclusively on issues specific to the operations of local correctional facilities.

American Polygraph Association (APA)
The American Polygraph Association (APA) consists of over 2,500 members dedicated to providing a valid and reliable means to verify the truth and establish the highest standards of moral, ethical, and professional conduct in the polygraph field. APA establishes standards of ethical practices, techniques, instrumentation, research, advanced training, and continuing educational programs.

American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
As the voice of the community corrections industry, the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) serves as the field’s leading professional membership association. Their work is supported by thousands of passionate members throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as other countries actively involved in strengthening community corrections work.

American Society of Criminology (ASC)
The American Society of Criminology (ASC) is an international organization concerned with criminology, embracing scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge relating to the etiology, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. ASC’s objective is to bring together a multidisciplinary forum fostering criminology study, research, and education. The members include practitioners, academicians, and students in the many fields of criminal justice.

Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU)
Established in 1956 and serving local, state, and regional agencies and organizations, the role of the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU) is to gather, record, and exchange confidential information concerning organized crime and terrorism not available through regular police channels. LEIU members are law enforcement agencies of general jurisdiction having a criminal intelligence function.

Federal Bar Association (FBA)
The Federal Bar Association (FBA), founded in 1920, is dedicated to the advancement of the science of jurisprudence and to promoting the welfare, interests, education, and professional development of all attorneys involved in federal law. The FBA members run the gamut of federal practice: attorneys practicing in small to large legal firms, attorneys in corporations and federal agencies, and members of the judiciary. The FBA is the catalyst for communication between the bar and the bench, as well as the private and public sectors.

International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC)
The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC), founded in 1984, is a professional association of criminologists, researchers, working professionals, teachers, and students. The IASOC is dedicated to advancing the study of organized crime and illegal enterprise. and works to promote greater understanding and research about organized crime in all its manifestations.

International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA)
The International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) helps crime analysts around the world improve their skills and make valuable contacts to help law enforcement agencies make the best use of crime analysis and to advocate for standards of performance and technique within the profession itself. Members include crime analysts, intelligence analysts, police officers of all ranks, educators, and students from over 80 nations.

International Association of Women Police (IAWP)
The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) is a global organization for women police officers and women in other criminal justice roles with a mission to strengthen, unite, and raise the capacity of women police around the world.

Justice Studies Association (JSA)
The Justice Studies Association (JSA) is a not-for-profit membership association established in 1998 to foster progressive activism, scholarship, pedagogy, and practice in all areas of social, transformative, and restorative justice. Its members include activists and practitioners of justice from around the globe as well as scholars from diverse academic disciplines.

National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) exists to promote the development of justice systems in states, tribal nations, and units of local government that enhance public safety; prevent and reduce the harmful effects of criminal and delinquent behavior on victims, individuals, and communities; adjudicate defendants and sanction offenders fairly and justly; and that are effective and efficient.

National Fraud Information Center (NFIC)
In 1992, in response to the growth in telemarketing and Internet fraud, the National Consumers League (NCL) launched the National Fraud Information Center (NFIC). The mission of the NFIC (later renamed the Fraud Center) is to give consumers the information they need to avoid becoming victims of telemarketing and Internet fraud. It provides information on tips, scams, and statistics on fraud, including telemarketing, elder, Internet, and business scams.

National Organization for Victim Advocacy (NOVA)
Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Advocacy (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is a recognized leader in victim advocacy, education, and credentialing. Their mission is to champion dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis.

Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice (SWACJ)
SWACJ is a regional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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