Crime, Law and Related Links
Local Web Links
Legislative Analyst's Office Profile of Criminal
Justice. This page
contains the following: A Profile of State Government Programs and
Finances in California for a variety of agencies, including
criminal justice. The criminal justice profile includes an
Overview, Crime and the Criminal Justice System, Juvenile
Populations, Adult Populations and the Judiciary. Extensive
statistics and interpretations are provided. A terrific
- The California
State University Data Archive at CSUK-Los Angeles. Available to
CSU faculty and students only.
Office of Criminal Justice
Planning (killed by budget cuts!)
Delancy Street Foundation.
Violence Policy Committee Final
Report. This Report was
prepared by the Domestic Violence Policy Committee, a committee
appointed by the Sonoma County Sheriff and the District Attorney
in July 1996. The Committee wrote this report on the problem of
domestic violence intervention and the criminal justice system.
This report makes findings, comments and recommendations in light
of public response to the killing of Maria Teresa Macias by her
husband. This link takes you to the Table of Contents. (Revised
Biting and provocative commentary from a CSU professor. The Feb.
6, 2003 commentary is "Something's Not Computing Here," with
respect to the CSU plan to increase enrollments 5% while cutting
the budget 10%.
- The Klaaskids Foundation for Children, started by Marc Klaas and the Klaas Foundation for Children, includes information on child-related databases; prevention tips; and other matters.
Marin County Public Defender's
Profile of Sonoma County Criminal and Civil Justice
contains the initial and ongoing results of a survey of justice
agencies in Sonoma County first begun during the Spring, 1996
semester by Pat Jackson and a former undergraduate CJA major,
Sheryl Braun. This document is frequently accessed. The
information will be updated and will hopefully be expanded as
local agencies come on-line. This is exploratory research that has
been undertaken to see what fruits it might produce locally.
- Sonoma County Crime,
Violence and Abuse. Scroll down to "Crime."
- A Primer: Three Strikes: The Impact
After More Than a Decade is an empirically grounded and reasonable study
of California's three strikes law. See a summary and discussion of this
report at http://www.sonoma.edu/users/j/jackson/archives/2005_12.html. The
law is extremely costly and yet ineffective.
New Three-Strikes Law: Benefits, Costs, and
Alternatives," a RAND
Corporation Research Brief. The source of the complete
study is included after the summary. You'll have to pay for the
latter. You may wish to check out RAND's holdings while you're
there, particularly the recent one on mandatory minimums.
- The following press release,
issued by the Northern California Society of Professional
Journalists, deals with why
you should be concerned about the California prison ban on
This situation has actually deterioriated. At present, the press
now only has a right to witness executions. Reprinted with
Center on Juvenile and Criminal
Justice, located in San
Francisco. See their growing
list of publications about important public policy topics in California.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Along with CJCJ, one of the West Coast's progressive forces for social change.
Justice Statistics Center: crime
statistics for Sonoma County or any California county for that
matter. From the Office of the Attorney General, Stat.e of California. This site has
easy-to-read tables available for downloading on a wide range of
- Don't miss SuperCell,
our Crime Control
- The San
Francisco District Attorney's
Office, which has dared
to defy California's three strikes law.
County MOVES -
Minimizing Occurances of Violence in Everyday Society. The MOVES
1995 Day on Non-Violence Community Forum Conclusions.
County Local Government Internet
Sonoma County Human Resources Department has replaced the former Internship Program. Register here to learn of internships and jobs.
to learn about available jobs, resume writing and
interviewing at SSU.
There are also many other resources that you can reach here using the Career Center's self-directed career planner.
- Career services at SSU and
- There is JobStar Central
for job hunters in Northern California.
Press Democrat, a local
paper owned by the New York Times, has listings for jobs in
(mostly) Sonoma County. Go to the job hunt link in the Classified
- If you're beginning graduate work perhaps you are eligible to apply for a Presidential Management Fellowship.
programs in crime, criminal justice, forensics--you name
Record Examination (GRE) Online
- Other national job search
links and/or resume services include CareerMosaic,
(Legal Job Sites) and
Career Center, to name
- The latest edition of the
Bureau of Labor Statistics biannual Occupational
Outlook Handbook, which
has employment projections, current salaries, etc. for most
occupations or classes of occupations. Students facing graduation
report liking this site, but many others doubtlessly will.
- The Chronicle
of Higher Education job bulletin
School Admission Council Online
may be of interest to prelaw students.
- The two
schools for forensics education short
of going into law enforcement itself are 1) (in California) CSU-LA
in the criminalistics option (the building in which this program is houses
also co-houses the combined LA Police Department and LA Sheriff Department
crime labs!) and 2) in New York the John
Jay College of Criminal Justice Masters in Forensics. The great thing about
these schools is that they provide appropriate and necessary context
for forensic work in the field of criminal justice. Narrower programs such as minors in
forensic science are of limited use and lack appropriate disciplinary context.
Science Resources from NCJRS
- Forensic Science Society
- The ALA's Criminal investigation and forensic science: Sources for scholars and aficionados (a bit dated, 2003).
- Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory: Program Annual Report. The state of crime labs is central to the forensics function as it is understood in popular culture. However, some of the best research suggests that the quality of lab work doesn't affect conviction vs. nonconviction decisions but is more important at sentence. See Peterson et al., "The Uses and Effects of Forensic Science in the Adjudication of Felony Cases." Journal of Forensic Sciences 32/6:1730-1753.
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