MN Criminal Justice System

Minnesota's Criminal Justice system

Jeff Bumgarner, Susan Hilal, James Densley

Carolina Academic Press

20 June 2016

One drawback with many current books is that they pertain to the really non-existent "American" criminal justice system and ignore the local landscape. Each state has deliberately designed its own legislature, executive branch, law enforcement system, court and appellate review system, state supreme court, correctional system, and juvenile justice apparatus. Since many criminal justice students embark upon careers in their home states, they are better served by being exposed to their own state criminal justice system.

Minnesota's Criminal Justice System covers a wide range of criminal justice topics, including but not limited to crime levels, law enforcement, corrections, the judiciary, juvenile justice, punishment, and other key subject matter—all within the geographic, cultural, historical, and political contexts of Minnesota. It is designed to be a primary text or supplement to a more general introduction to criminal justice text.


"Bumgarner, Hilal, and Densley have put together an excellent Minnesota resource which makes an excellent contribution to the larger national effort."

—Mary Clifford, St. Cloud State University

"I highly recommend reading this book by Jeff Bumgarner, Susan Hilal, and James Densley. The authors capture the essence of the Minnesota Justice System in a factual and straightforward manner."

—Colleen Clarke, Minnesota State University, Mankato