Criminal Justice Resources - Criminal Justice Blogs

By Ken Strutin, Published on December 17, 2006

Ken Strutin (JD, MLS) is an experienced law librarian, criminal defense attorney, and well-known writer and speaker. He is the author of The Insider's Guide: Criminal Justice Resources on the Internet, and has lectured extensively about the benefits of using the Internet for legal research at national and local CLE training programs. Mr. Strutin also wrote ALI-ABA's Practice Checklist Manual on Representing Criminal Defendants, and co-authored the award winning Legal Research Methodology computer tutorial, published by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). He has contributed chapters to several books and written many articles concerning knowledge management, legal research and criminal law. Mr. Strutin has taught courses in Advanced Legal Research and Law Office Management. He is also listed in Who's Who in American Law. Currently, Mr. Strutin is the Director of Legal Information Services at the New York State Defenders Association and writes a column for the New York Law Journal. See also Ken Strutin's Criminal Justice Resources Series on LLRX.com.


Cited by courts and reviewed by growing numbers of legal professionals, web logs are becoming the must-read news sources in many areas of law. Regularly scanning the right web logs is one of the best ways to stay abreast of new cases and emerging issues. And incidentally, it's an excellent method for learning about new blogs.

This article is a collection of web logs that provide news and analysis of current developments in criminal justice. Authorship ranges among lawyers, law professors, law librarians, public defenders, criminal justice professionals and observers and commentators on the justice system.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive review of all web logs on this subject. Only select sites focusing on news and analysis have been chosen, omitting a large body of web logs that chronicle individual experiences and viewpoints. To explore the blogosphere further, see the Directories section at the end.

Even a brief survey of the blogs in this article quickly demonstrate their value as current awareness and research tools. In addition to news from mainstream media, often the editors of these sites post hard to find items, such as links to unpublished opinions, briefs and motions, new studies, and changes in local polices and practices. Many provide organized access to past entries through site search engines and categorical links. And some offer dated entries with external links, ideal for research and citation. Lastly, these journals often list useful resource websites and other relevant blogs.
Criminal LawSentencingRelated Topics
EvidenceFederal and StateDirectories

Criminal Law

These are general criminal law news and commentary blogs. Most are national in scope, and some concentrate on particular subject areas.


These blogs cover all kinds of topics, such as hearsay, forensics, and false confessions.


The blogs in this area focus on case law developments and policy issues surrounding the nation's sentencing laws and correctional practices.

Federal and State

Many excellent blawgs spotlight criminal practice news in a particular locale, while sometimes posting entries on general matters of interest to practitioners everywhere.