Criminal Justice, Law, and Government

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Video Resources

Films on Demand
Multidisciplinary documentary film resource.

Criminal Justice Videos from Films on Demand:

Due Process: Understanding the U.S. Criminal Justice System Series (1:34:42) 
For many, knowledge of the criminal justice system comes from watching television or a popular movie, but real-life situations may play out quite differently. This three-part series presents a detailed overview of the entire jurisprudence process, stressing the constitutional foundations that balance the rights of the accused with the protection of citizens. An excellent resource for political science and legal studies students, the series also gives viewers an idea of what to expect if they ever find themselves in the justice system, either as a defendant or the accused. Viewable/printable instructor’s guides are available online.

Forensics School: Inside a Criminal Justice Training Center Series (1:56:27)
For coursework involving difficult and sometimes disturbing material, it doesn’t hurt to show students what their compatriots in other schools are going through. This five-part series goes inside the Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation program at the U.K.’s renowned University of Central Lancashire. Each episode focuses on a particular group of students as they sift through mock-ups of real-world crime scenes and put theory to the test in complex lab work. Featuring many practical skills and investigative processes needed to work in the criminal justice field, the series also helps shed light on career opportunities and choices.

The History of American Criminal Justice (36:34)
This program offers a brief history of U.S. criminal justice. It covers such topics as criminal justice in colonial America, the Quakers’ penitentiary, and the development of criminology. The program explains the organization of the U.S. criminal justice system.

Careers in Criminal Justice (22:34)
Job opportunities in criminal justice are on the rise. This program looks at a number of different occupations, ranging from entry-level positions to those requiring a four-year degree. Experts and people on the job share firsthand information about what their work is like. Some of the occupations discussed include local and state police officers, detectives, correctional officers, bodyguards, FBI agents, probation and parole officers, private investigators, and special government agents.

Law and Order: An Inside View of the Criminal Justice System Series (58:10)
The Constitution provides for an impartial criminal justice system. In this two-part series, lawyers, prosecutors, judges, and police officers move through the entire process of jurisprudence, from investigation and arrest procedures to courtroom proceedings and sentencing. Differences applicable to juvenile law are made clear. These videos provide an excellent resource for political science or legal studies courses.


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Bureau of Justice Statistics

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International Relations and Security Network

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Wisconsin Blue Book

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National Missing and Unidentified Persons System

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Terrorist Group Profiles

International Center for Terrorism Studies

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American Correctional Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section

Amnesty International

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice

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