The Best Books Covering The Criminal Justice System In America

The Books I Picked & Why

In Cold Blood

By Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

Why this book?

It was the first book to show you how the justice system works, from the investigation, arrests, trial, and executions of the killers. It gave the readers the opportunity to see how each part of the justice system worked through the eyes of not only the victim’s families, but even the criminals that were involved in the case. This book became the blueprint for what would become the true crime non-fiction category of books.


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Mindhunter: Inside the Fbi's Elite Serial Crime Unit

By Mark Olshaker, John E. Douglas

Mindhunter: Inside the Fbi's Elite Serial Crime Unit

Why this book?

This book along with its authors, really became popular after it became a Netflix series. It gives an excellent example of how the twenty-five-year career of Douglas, in the FBI Investigative Support Unit and the development of psychological profiling of the most notorious serial killers in America.


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In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators

By Jeffrey L. Rinek, Marilee Strong

In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators

Why this book?

An excellent book for delving into the life of an FBI struggling to maintain a family life for himself while relentlessly chasing after some of America’s worst predators of children. Following his journey, you get an inside perspective of not only the physical but mental demands that comes with this kind of job. In order to really understand how law enforcement officers, work a case, you need to read this book.


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Killing Women: The True Story of Serial Killer Don Miller's Reign of Terror

By Rod Sadler

Killing Women: The True Story of Serial Killer Don Miller's Reign of Terror

Why this book?

This is a relatively new book, but not only does it take you through the case of serial killer Don Miller it explains how difficult it can be for the survivors to move on with their lives. In general, most people think that once the trial is over  that everyone can move on with their lives, but that’s not always the case. Killers like don Miller come up for parole, and that’s when the second part of the journey continues for these survivors. It becomes really hard to move forward with their lives when they have to relive the murders at every parole hearing until either the killer is released or dies.


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Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall

By James Polchin

Indecent Advances: A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall

Why this book?

This is a great book for discovering the way that the American Justice System has handled the LGBT community and the crimes perpetrated against them over the years. This is a detailed example of the prejudices and hidden history of violence against the gay community in history. Like it’s title, Victims were quite often accused of having made indecent advances. 


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