Many websites and blogs have a great deal to teach their readers about elements of the criminal justice system. There are many great criminal justice blogs but not all of them are updated on a regular basis. In no particular order, below is a list of my favorite criminal justice websites and blogs that are updated regularly and that will help you learn about the criminal justice system. If I missed any of your favorites, let me know.
1. Matt Mangino: “A former prosecutors musings on crime and punishment in America.”
2. Solitary Watch: “News from a Nation in Lockdown”
3. The Crime Report: “If You Read It Here, It’s A Crime. America’s most comprehensive source of news on crime, and resources on criminal justice”
4. Karen Franklin, PhD: “Forensic psychological evaluations and psychological treatment, San Francisco Bay Area. Expert on motivations for violence and hate crimes.”
5. HuffPost Crime: “Get the latest on crime and justice. Follow missing person cases, the hunt for serial killers, breaking crime news and reports on newsworthy trials.”
6. Think Progress Justice: “Breaking news, original research, and hard-hitting analysis on legal issues.”
7. Doc Bonn: “Criminologist and media analyst.”
8. Crime Scene Training “A blog to teach the fundamentals of Crime Scene Investigation, and to encourage input, feedback and involvement from site visitors.”
9. Jonathan Turley ” …A nationally recognized legal scholar who has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law.” His blog has won many awards.
10. The Wrongful Convictions Blog: “Addressing wrongful conviction and actual innocence issues from an international for them.”
11. The Charles Smith Blog: Former reporter of the Toronto Star, Harold Levy writes about cases regarding flawed forensic pathology, junk science, the US death penalty and other forensic developments.
12. Bonnie’s Blog of Crime: “My Life of Crime, Murder, Missing People and such! Above all else, never forget the victim, that the victim lived, had a life and was loved. The victim and their loved ones deserve justice, as does society.”
13. The Crime Analyst Blog: ”A blog of crime, law enforcement and related topics.”
14. Cops Alive: “Information, strategies and tools to help cops plan happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.”
15. The Sentencing Project: “Research and advocacy for reform.”
16. Vera Institute of Justice: “Making justice systems fairer and more effective through research and innovation.”
17. Prison Culture: “Prison Culture is an attempt to document how the current prison industrial complex operates and to underscore the ways that it structures American society.”
18. Death Penalty Information Center: “A national non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment.”