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This page contains links to web sites outside of Tarleton.

The links are provided as a convenience for research.

Tarleton has no control over, and is not responsible for the content found on external sites.

Please contact the subject-specialist librarian if you have research questions, would like library instruction, or have material purchase requests.

Joshua Wallace
Instruction Librarian - Office 110A
phone: 254-968-9455

Help is also available by using the Ask a Librarian page, emailing, calling (254) 968-9249, or coming into the library.

Criminal Justice Subcategories:


Criminal Justice Degrees & Online Subject Guide - A helpful resource for academic research and study of criminal justice are criminal justice journals, which can be found and studied online.

Criminal Justice Resources - huge links page from Michigan State University Libraries.

DMOZ Criminal Justice – Open directory project for Criminal Justice links.

DMOZ Law Enforcement – Open directory project for Law Enforcement links.

HierosGamos - International Criminal Law Links.

International Association of Chiefs of Police and COPS Ethics Toolkit - suggestions for ethical standards for police agencies.

Law Enforcement Services
- from the FBI, services to the law enforcement community including training, laboratory services, and partnerships.

Legal Research Internet Links - see the Internet Links for legal research.

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum - Located in Waco, Texas, The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the history and popular culture of the legendary Texas Rangers.

University of Delaware Library Internet Resources for Criminal Justice - comprehensive list of Criminal Justice Links.

Government and Agencies

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives - is a law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. Its unique responsibilities include protecting the public and reducing violent crime. ATF enforces the Federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol and tobacco diversion, firearms, explosives, and arson.

Drug Enforcement Administration - is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

Federal Bureau of Investigation - is the investigative arm of the US Department of Justice. The FBI's investigative authority can be found in Title 28, Section 533 of the US Code. Additionally, there are other statutes, such as the Congressional Assassination, Kidnapping, and Assault Act (Title 18, US Code, Section 351), which give the FBI responsibility to investigate specific crimes.

Federal Bureau of Prisons - protects society by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens.

Interpol - is the largest police organization in the world with 184 member countries. It facilitates cross border police cooperation and assists to combat international crime.

Office of Homeland Security - More than 87,000 different governmental jurisdictions at the federal, state, and local level have homeland security responsibilities. The comprehensive national strategy seeks to develop a complementary system connecting all levels of government without duplicating effort. This page is provided as an overview of the major subcomponents and agencies that make the Department of Homeland Security.

Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles - The mission of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles is to perform its duties as imposed by Article IV, Section 11, of the Texas Constitution and: Determine which prisoners are due to be released on parole or discretionary mandatory supervision; Determine conditions of parole and mandatory supervision; Determine revocation of parole and mandatory supervision; Recommend the resolution of clemency matters to the Governor.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice - manages offenders in state prisons, state jails and private correctional facilities that contract with TDCJ. The agency also provides funding and certain oversight of community supervision (previously known as adult probation) and is responsible for the supervision of offenders released from prison on parole or mandatory supervision.

Texas Department of Public Safety - is an agency of this state created to provide public safety services to those people in the state of Texas by enforcing laws, administering regulatory programs, managing records, educating the public, and managing emergencies, both directly and through interaction with other agencies.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden - Texas Game Wardens are responsible for enforcement of the Parks and Wildlife Code, all TPWD regulations, the Texas Penal Code and selected statutes and regulations applicable to clean air and water, hazardous materials and human health.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997, UNODC has approximately 500 staff members worldwide. Its headquarters are in Vienna and it has 21 field offices as well as liaison offices in New York. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.

U. S. Department of Justice - to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement - focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resource-illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. The Office of Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, regulates wildlife trade, helps Americans understand and obey wildlife protections laws, and works in partnership with international, state, and tribal counterparts to conserve wildlife resources.

U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement -is the largest investigative branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency was created after 9/11, by combining the law enforcement arms of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the former U.S. Customs Service, to more effectively enforce our immigration and customs laws and to protect the United States against terrorist attacks. ICE does this by targeting illegal immigrants: the people, money and materials that support terrorism and other criminal activities. ICE is a key component of the DHS “layered defense” approach to protecting the nation.

U. S. Marshalls Service - the Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, and as such, it is involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative.

U. S. Secret Service -is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. The Secret Service protects the President and Vice President, their families, heads of state, and other designated individuals; investigates threats against these protectees; protects the White House, Vice President’s Residence, Foreign Missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.; and plans and implements security designs for designated National Special Security Events. The Secret Service also investigates violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States; financial crimes that include, but are not limited to, access device fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation’s financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.


Bureau of Justice Statistics - has a mission to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to Federal, State, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.

Corrections Statistics - Corrections information by state.

FBI Uniform Crime Reports - these reports include Crime in the United States, Hate Crime Statistics, and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.

Federal Bureau of Prisons Weekly Population Report - The weekly population report is generated every Thursday at 12:00 AM.

Fedstats - Gateway to statistics from over 100 U. S. Government agencies.

Texas Crime Records Service - from the Texas Department of Public Safety these are the detailed breakdowns for crime in the state.


American Academy of Forensic Sciences - As a professional society dedicated to the application of science to the law, the AAFS is committed to the promotion of education and the elevation of accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences.

Texas Association of Hostage Negotiators – TAHN is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality training to hostage negotiators and first responders.

Michigan State University Libraries Criminal Justice Resources Associations and Organizations - a long, excellent list of links for criminal justice associations and organizations.

Crime and Criminals

Crimes Against Children - from the FBI this includes kidnapping and other crimes that exploit children.

FBI White Collar Crime - Including different types of fraud.

Identity Theft and Fraud - from the U S Department of Justice. This is an excellent explanation of identity theft as well as links to more information.

Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Records Service - includes sex offender search and criminal history search.

Wanted by the FBI - includes the 10 most wanted, most wanted terrorist, and crime alerts.

Criminal Investigation

DNA Forensics - from the Human Genome Project Information. This is an excellent explanation of DNA forensics and links to other sites.

FBI Laboratory Services - explanations of different services available from the FBI Laboratory for Law Enforcement agencies and explanations of the techniques involved as well as a link to the Handbook of Forensic Services.

Forensic Science Resources - excellent links including an outline of criminal investigation.


Cyberbee Fingerprinting – This site discusses the history, process, and classification of fingerprints.

Forensic Accounting - This guide delves into the specifics about forensic accounting to give you a straightforward and comprehensive guide to what this profession is all about.

Juvenile Justice

COPS Gangs - The Cops Office has identified many resources for dealing with gangs presented in this web site.

Juvenile Justice: Directory of Online Resources - A directory of online criminal justice resources.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Juvenile Justice - includes information for delinquency prevention, child protection, juvenile courts, juvenile delinquency, victims, and schools.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

Texas Gang Investigators Association - Today, membership in the TGIA numbers over 1,900 members from all across the state. The TGIA strives to provide training opportunities for its members through regional meetings, quarterly newsletters and its annual training conference.

Prisons and Corrections

Federal Bureau of Prisons Facility Locator - is searchable by inmate, location, type of facility, as well as by address.

National Institute of Corrections - Providing federal, state, and local corrections agencies with training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance.

Texas Correctional Unit Directory - Prisons, jails, privately run facilities for the safe and appropriate confinement, supervision, rehabilitation and reintegration of adult felons, and to effectively manage or administer correctional facilities based on constitutional and statutory standards.