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Black's Law Dictionary. Reference KF 156 .B 53
Crime and Punishment in America : An Encyclopedia of Trends and Controversies in the Justice System.
Encyclopedia of American Crime. General HV 6789 .S 54 2001
Encyclopedia of American Law and Criminal Justice
Encyclopedia of American Law Enforcement Reference HV 8133 .N 48 2007
Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice Reference HV 6017 .E 52 2002
Encyclopedia of Criminology - Reference HV 6017 .E 5295 2005
Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior - Reference HV 6017 .E 53 2001
Encyclopedia of Organized Crime in the United States - Reference HV 6446 .K 43 2000
Encyclopedia of Police Science - Reference HV7901 .E53 2007
Encyclopedia of Social Deviance.
Encyclopedia of Street Crime in American
Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention
Encyclopedia of Women and Crime - Reference HV 6046 .E 56 2000
Gale Encyclopedia of American Law
Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law
Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement
A History of Violence: An Encyclopedia of 1400 Chicago Mob Murders. Reference F 548.3 .J 638 2014
Law Enforcement in America: Opinions throughout History. Reference HV 8139 .I 775 2021
Legislating Morality in America : Debating the Morality of Controversial U.S. Laws and Policies.
The Mafia Encyclopedia - Reference HV 6441 .S53 2005
Online Legal Information Resources (OLIR) from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication
Palgrave Dictionary of Public Order Policing, Protest and Political Violence Reference HV 8055 .J 69 2014
Profiling and Criminal Justice in America: A Reference Handbook. General HV 9950 .B 86 2015
Statistical Abstract of the United States. Latest print editions at Ready Reference. Older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.
21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook of Readings
The Use and Abuse of Police Power in America : Historical Milestones and Current Controversies.
Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspecttives