Michigan State University

Collection Development Policy Statement: Criminal Justice

Levels of Collecting Intensity

  • Crime: Collect major research materials and treatises on types of crime (including causes, control, and prevention), criminal behavior, victimology, and violence
    Collecting level: 4

     

  • Corrections: Collect major resource materials.
    Collecting level: 4

     

  • Juvenile justice: Collect major resource materials relating to the juvenile justice system with emphasis on juvenile crime, police handling of juveniles, and juvenile incarceration and alternatives. School violence has been identified as a recent area of concern since the School of Criminal Justice has been given a major grant by the State of Michigan to develop guidelines in this area.
    Collecting level: 4

     

  • Law enforcement: Collect all major resources on law enforcement theory, research, policy and procedure, practical applications, and history. The School of Criminal Justice is the home of the National Center for Community Policing, and has received numerous grants to conduct research in this area.
    Collecting level: 4

     

  • Substance abuse: Collect materials on drug abuse and alcoholism as these areas relate to crime causation and prevention. Some of the materials are ordered by the Sociology bibliographer. Recent areas of interest include the "Geopolitics of Drugs".
    Collecting level: 3

     

  • Forensic science: Collect materials to support a recently upgraded program (1995). Some of the materials are ordered by the Chemistry and Medical Science bibliographers.
    Collecting level: 4

     

  • Security management: Collect materials to support a recently upgraded program (1995). Some related/supporting administrative materials are ordered by the Business bibliographers.
    Collecting level: 4
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