Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities

William R. Bell

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January 18, 2002 by CRC Press
Reference - 328 Pages - 68 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420040647 - CAT# E1194
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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  • Targets a growing need for trained correctional investigators
  • Provides more than 60 prison crime scene photos and over 50 case histories to increase interest and convey principles
  • Focuses on most common crimes in prison systems
  • Covers investigations by type of crime committed, such as drugs, escapes, sexual assault, theft, and homicide
  • Addresses natural, accidental, and suicidal death investigation
  • Includes start to finish procedures, from gaining intelligence through prosecution
  • Details techniques peculiar to correctional institution venues when covering intelligence acquisition from informants and undercover operations
  • Presents legal aspects such as warrants, court preparation, and testimony
  • Provides an in-depth look at what a prosecuting attorney wants and needs for a successful prison prosecution
  • Summary


    Once an offender is behind bars, many people believe that he is no longer a threat to society. However, the felonious activities of confined inmates reach out into society every day. These inmates run lucrative drug operations, commit fraud, hire contract murders, and commit a multitude of criminal offenses from inside the walls of our prisons. This book provides an in-depth resource guide to the relatively new field of corrections investigation.

    Illustrating the differences between street and prison investigations, Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities provides a detailed list of how tos as well as numerous captivating case histories and photographs of actual crime scenes and evidentiary items. Chapters on intelligence gathering, undercover operations, and the use of confidential informants will aid you in the complex crimes that sometimes even involve officers and civilians. The book also covers legal aspects such as warrants, court preparation, and testimony to help you take a case from investigation to prosecution.

    Prison investigators must be able to respond effectively to every crime imaginable, from a grizzly homicide to a complex fraud case. Whether you're a long-time administrator or a novice criminal justice professional, Practical Criminal Investigations in Correctional Facilities gives you sound advice on how to handle crime in a community in which 100% of the population are convicted felons.


    Coming from a family whose involvement with law enforcement dates back to the Civil War, William Bell's own education and career spans more than thirty years. Greatly influenced by his father, a retired Police Inspector, he began with the Dearborn, Michigan, Police Department where his responsibilities included work in road patrol, SWAT, undercover narcotics, and pattern crime. For nearly twenty years the author has been employed by the Colorado Department of Corrections, where he ultimately gained his expertise with the Criminal Investigation Division. He is noted for taking the investigation of prison crime into the streets.


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