Criminal Justice System




Abbott, Jack  Henry.  In the Belly of the Beast: Letter from Prison.  New York: Random House, 1981.


Abu-Jamal, Mumia.  Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience.  Farmington, PA: The Plough Publishing House, 1997.


Bergner, Daniel. God of the Rodeo: The Search for Hope, Faith, and a Six-Second Ride in Louisiana's Angola Prison.  NY: Crown, 1998.


Cleaver, Eldridge.  Soul on Ice.  NY: Dell, 1968.


Earley, Pete.  The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison.  NY: Bantam, 1992.


Foucault, Michel.  Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison. NY: Pantheon, 1978.


Jackson, George. Soledad Brother.  NY: Coward-McCann, 1970.


Johnson, Robert. Hard Time: Understanding and Reforming the Prison.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1996.


Kauffman, Kelsey. Prison Officers and Their World.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988.


Mitford, Jessica.  Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison Business. NY: Knopf, 1973.


Morris, Norval, and David J. Rothman, eds. The Oxford History of the Prison: The Practice of Punishment in Western Society. NY: Oxford University Press, 1995.


Wicker, Tom.  A Time to Die: The Attica Prison Revolt.  NY: Quadrangle, 1975.


Wideman, John Edgar. Brothers and Keepers.  NY: Holt, Rinehart &  Winston, 1984.


Yates, J. Michael.  Line Screw: My Twelve Riotous Years Working Behind Bars in Some of Canada's Toughest Jails.  Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1993.




Absence of Malice

The Accused


American Heart

American History X

American Me


Back Door to Heaven

Bad Boys

Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

The Bicycle Thief

The Birdman of Alcatraz


Broken Badge



Citizen X (Russian serial murderer)

The Collector

Compulsion (Leopold and Loeb & Clarence Darrow)

Cool Hand Luke

Crime of the Century (Lindbergh kidnapping)

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

The Crucible

A Cry in the Dark

Dead Man Walking

Dean Man Out

The Deliberate Stranger (Ted Bundy, serial murderer)

Double Indemnity

Escape from Alcatraz


First Time Felon

The Grey Fox

The Grifters

The Hurricane

In Cold Blood

In the Heat of the Night

In the Name of the Father

Judgement at Nuremberg

The Last Detail

Malcolm X

The Maltese Falcon

Midnight Express

Mortal Thought

Murder in the First

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge



Prison Stories: Women on the Inside

Rope (Leopold and Loeb)

Run Lola Run (German)


The Shawshank Redemption

Sling Blade

Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture (interview with condemned man's father)

Straight Time


The Thin Blue Line

To Kill a Mockingbird

Tom Horn

Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Twelve Angry Men

The Verdict

Where the Money Is

The Wrong Man