Criminal Justice & Criminology


Criminal Justice & Criminology was created after a major overhaul of a previous HeinOnline collection, Criminal Justice in America: U.S. Attorney General Opinions, Reports, and Publications. So if you’re wondering where Criminal Justice in America went, all the content from that collection is still there under this new name, but with more content than ever before!

  • More than 2 million pages and 1,300 titles have recently been added
  • Expanded focus beyond the work of the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on how criminal justice systems have changed in American and English law over time
  • 110 criminal justice periodicals along with a large collection of books on crime and criminals have been added


HeinOnline’s Criminal Justice & Criminology offers an historical overview of these ever-changing disciplines and their various expressions in American and English law over time. Collecting Bureau of Justice statistics, memoirs of retired Scotland Yard investigators, congressional hearings on drug control policies, accounts of prison life in days long past and much more, this collection explores how criminal justice has changed in America and the effect criminology has had on those changes. It collects government documents as well as rare or hard-to-find pamphlets, memoirs, and books written by ordinary law enforcement officers and not-so-famous criminals. To help users navigate the content spanning these two wide-reaching disciplines, all titles in this collection have been subject coded into 16 subject areas: Attorney General, Crimes and Criminals, Criminal Statistics, Criminology, Drug Enforcement, Government Law, Investigation and Forensics, Juvenile Justice, Law and Procedure, Law Enforcement, Organized Crime, Penology, Reform and Recidivism, Reminiscences, Sex Crimes, and Victimology.



HeinOnline has collected together congressional hearings, U.S. Department of Justice publications, GAO and CRS reports as well as rare or hard-to-find pamphlets, memoirs, and books written by ordinary law enforcement officers and not-so-famous criminals. Access periodicals dedicated solely to criminal justice and browse a list of external links to take your research beyond HeinOnline.

Upon arriving in the collection, users are greeted by an introduction explaining the scope and history of these two topics. Then users can navigate to various types of material by using the tabs at top of the page. To further help users find content, every title has been coded into distinct, collection-specific subjects. Keep reading for an in-depth explanation of this feature and the methodology used when assigning these subjects.


Access 16 subjects specific to Criminal Justice & Criminology

Attorney General

Find publications published by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office, titles about the U.S. Attorney General, and titles on or about the U.S. Justice Department.

Crimes and Criminals

Access a bibliographic rogues’ gallery of criminal exploits from history and the not-so-distant past, as well as publications on specific crimes not covered under their own dedicated topic.

Criminal Statistics

Track changes in crime in the United States with raw data from Bureau of Justice statistics and other law enforcement agencies.


Explore how attitudes and trends in criminology have changed.

Drug Enforcement

Drug control has been a dominant focal point of the U.S. criminal justice system since the Nixon administration.

Government Law

Read congressional hearings and analyses on specific laws proposed to fight crime in the United States.

Investigation and Forensics

Find documents relating to the advent of fingerprinting, the evolution of DNA testing, and other technological advances in criminal investigation.

Juvenile Justice

Preventing kids from engaging in criminal and delinquent behavior, what may contribute to that behavior, and the appropriate response to young offenders are issues that have bedeviled generations.

Law and Procedure

Find titles that either deal broadly with how justice is administered or focus on a particular aspect of the criminal justice system.

Law Enforcement

These titles focus on specific law enforcement agencies and policing policies; the subject also includes some real-life detective stories.

Organized Crime

We’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse with access to some of the ways law enforcement has dealt with organized crime and even some tales of gangsters’ exploits.


Penology refers to the study of punishment and encompasses the methods of punishment as well as attitudes towards those methods. Under this subject, users can track historical changes in ways to punish.

Reform and Recidivism

This topic collects titles concerned with addressing issues around individuals who reoffend (recidivists) and how to successfully reintegrate individuals into society upon completion of their sentence.


Sit down with Scotland Yard detectives, criminals, police court reporters, and lawyers as they recount their personal experiences with the criminal justice system.

Sex Crimes

Works under this category address criminal justice issues around rape and sexual assault.


Victimology is a subset of criminology that focuses on the impact crime has on victims. It focuses on the relationship between an offender and his victim and the victim and the criminal justice system, including victims rights and the lasting effect of crime on a victim.


Central to the reorganization of this database was the addition of more than 100 periodicals relating to criminal justice and criminology, as well as a large collection of Crime & Criminal books compiled by Hein over the years.

Incorporating these titles—which total nearly 1.6 million pages—allows users to jump directly from important government documents to secondary analytical sources, providing a comprehensive foundation for criminal justice research.

Check out some of our most exciting new titles:


Users can also easily access publications from the U.S. Attorney General by navigating to the Attorney General Reports & Opinions tab. In addition to finding official attorney general reports and opinions, find other reports and memoranda from the U.S. Attorney General.


Access congressional hearings covering all criminal justice subjects by navigating to the dedicated Congressional Hearings tab. We’ve also collected all CRS Reports and GAO Reports within HeinOnline on criminal justice into their own tabs. Easily navigate content using the A-Z anchors within every subcollection.

About the Congressional Research Service (CRS)

The Congressional Research Service is a public policy research institute of the United States Congress. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives through reports, seminars and workshops, and congressional testimony. Their job is to help Congress form sound policies based on analysis and research. Access CRS Reports on topics other than criminal justice by navigating to HeinOnline’s U.S. Congressional Documents database and selecting the CRS Reports subcollection.

About the Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Headed by the Comptroller General of the United States, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a legislative branch agency which provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for the U.S. Congress. The GAO produces reports and written correspondence, testimonies and statements for the record, briefings for congressional staff members, and more. Access GAO Reports on topics other than criminal justice through HeinOnline’s dedicated GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions database.