By Jacqueline R. Kanovitz, Jefferson L. Ingram, and Christopher J. Devine

Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice, 15th Edition, offers criminal justice professionals the training they need to recognize the constitutional principles that apply to their daily work. Jacqueline R. Kanovitz and revision authors Jefferson L. Ingram and Christopher J. Devine provide a comprehensive, well-organized, and up-to-date analysis of constitutional issues that affect the U.S. justice system. This book makes complex concepts accessible to students in all levels of criminal justice education. The result is an incomparably clear, student-friendly textbook that has remained a leader in criminal justice education for nearly 50 years.

Online Resources:  Many of the materials cited in footnotes are available, free of charge, from the following sources:

Supreme Court  :: The Supreme Court’s official website contains an automated docket system of cases now pending before the Court, including the briefs filed in these cases, slip opinions of cases recently decided, and bound volumes of cases decided since 2007.

Findlaw :: This website contains all Supreme Court decisions since 1893, all federal statutes, more recent lower federal court decisions, and select state materials, plus additional legal resources, such as the Supreme Court’s current docket, briefs, and transcripts of oral arguments. For cases decided since September 2000, Findlaw offers a choice between the full text or an opinion summary, plus access to other secondary materials. CAVEAT: The website at cannot be accessed using Internet Explorer. It is necessary to type this address into another search window.

Google Scholar  :: Google Scholar is an excellent resource for in-depth research. Researchers can access the full text of Supreme Court cases by typing in the case name; check the box entitled “articles” and gain access to numerous law review articles; and find references to other online repositories, universities, and websites that contain relevant information. A Gmail account is needed to use this resource.

American Bar Association  :: This site contains summaries of the facts and issues presented in cases cur­rently before the Supreme Court, along with the briefs filed in these cases.

Duke University :: This site contains most law journals and law review articles in PDF form for back issues, but not for current ones. Some legal reference books are also available.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) :: The American Civil Liberties Union brings litigation and files amicus briefs in cases involving a broad array of constitutional and criminal justice issues. Its website provides information, not found elsewhere, about free speech, arrest, search and seizure, privacy, national security, due process, equal protection, racial justice, and other civil liberties issues currently before the courts.

Historical Documents :: This site contains the full text of the Constitution and other historically sig­nificant documents like the Declaration of Independence (1776), Articles of Confederation (1777), Federalist Papers (1787–1788), Bill of Rights (1791), Gettysburg Address (1863), and Emancipation Proclamation (1863).

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