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Criminal justice encompasses procedures used to investigate criminal conduct; this includes evidence gathering, making arrests and bringing charges, conducting trials, sentencing and punishments. This guide is designed to provide students or researchers access to criminal justice resources both in the library and online.

Definitions of criminal justice:

    • The system of law enforcement involving police, lawyers, courts, and corrections, used for all stages of criminal proceedings and punishment. Unabridged. Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.

  • The system of law enforcement, the bar, the judiciary, corrections, and probation that is directly involved in the apprehension, prosecution, defense, sentencing, incarceration, and supervision of those suspected of or charged with criminal offenses.
    American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


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