Criminal Justice magazines are useful to everyone who cares about the quality of the criminal justice system. They focus on practices and policies. Criminal justice magazines are, as a rule, serious magazines. However, they are lively and readable. Criminal justice magazines are mostly published by the criminal justice section of the American bar association.
Criminal justice department includes over 9,000 members including judges, lawyers, law students, and other criminal justice professionals. Criminal justice magazines are published with the purpose of bringing the views of the American bar association to the attention of state courts and federal courts, judicial, and legislative bodies.
Criminal justice magazines are intended for readers such as defences lawyers, prosecutors, judges and other criminal justice professionals. Each issue of these magazines includes articles and regular columns. Moreover, there would be one thematic issue which focuses on some special point in the criminal justice system.
Articles in these criminal justice magazines cover wide variety of subjects. They address areas of importance to all segments of judiciary. Readers are invited to submit articles and letters for publication. These magazines frequently include juvenile justice issues such as juveniles on trial and juvenile death penalty. Criminal justice magazines often cover articles on role of computer forensic experts, abuse in prisons, narcotic-sniffing dogs, human trafficking, immigration laws, prison litigation reform act, crime rates of child victims etc.
There are certain guidelines followed by the editorial section of these journals - points can be explained with examples, use passive voice instead of active voice to avoid personal injury etc. As criminal justice magazines are not regular law journals, informal language can be used in them. Criminal justice magazines are circulated to libraries and individual subscribers.