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  • Top Criminology Programs in Criminal Justice

    Top Criminology Programs in Criminal Justice

    We have 298 criminology programs in our database. What Is Criminology? While criminal justice deals directly with the enforcement of the law and the punishment of the offenders, criminology is focused on studying the causes of crime and its impact …
  • Top Corrections Degrees in Criminal Justice

    Top Corrections Degrees in Criminal Justice

    We have 366 corrections programs in our database. Corrections refers to the branch of the criminal justice system that deals with individuals who have been convicted of a crime. The role of the correctional system is to ensure that an …
  • Find Doctorate of Criminal Justice Programs

    Find Doctorate of Criminal Justice Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with Doctorate of Criminal Justice Programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in contact with them. …
  • Find Masters of Criminal Justice Programs

    Find Masters of Criminal Justice Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with Master’s of Criminal Justice programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in contact with them. …
  • Find Bachelors of Criminal Justice Programs

    Find Bachelors of Criminal Justice Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in contact with them. …
  • Find Associates of Criminal Justice Programs

    Find Associates of Criminal Justice Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with Associates of Criminal Justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in contact …
  • Find Criminal Justice Programs

    Find Criminal Justice Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with online criminology or criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in …
  • Find Criminal Justice Administration Programs

    Find Criminal Justice Administration Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with Criminal Justice Administration or criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get …
  • Find Forensic Psychology Programs

    Find Forensic Psychology Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with Forensic Psychology or criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in …
  • Find Forensic Science Programs

    Find Forensic Science Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with Forensic Science or other criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get …
  • Find Corrections Programs

    Find Corrections Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with online corrections or criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in …
  • Find Law Enforcement Programs

    Find Law Enforcement Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with law enforcement or criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in …
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    Criminology

    Below are some featured online schools with online criminology or criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in …
  • Career Profile: Police Detective

    Career Profile: Police Detective

    Police detectives, also called criminal investigators, are responsible for investigating crimes against persons such as homicides, robberies, burglaries, and assaults, as well as property crimes like fraud, arson, and vandalism. Detectives collect evidence, interview witnesses and victims, interrogate suspects, prepare …
  • Career Profile: Bailiff

    Career Profile: Bailiff

    The role of bailiff in the criminal justice industry is one that aims to keep the procedure of the courts up to snuff while also maintaining a level of security for those in the courtroom. You will see that the …
  • Career Profile: How to Become a Criminal Profiler

    Career Profile: How to Become a Criminal Profiler

    Criminal profilers are highly-specialized investigators who utilize critical analysis and both deductive and inductive reasoning to create a profile of a particular offender based upon various characteristics of a particular crime. Through meticulous analysis of information from crime scenes, reports, …
  • Criminal Justice Career Guide for 2016

    Criminal Justice Career Guide for 2016

  • Career Profile: CIA Agent

    Career Profile: CIA Agent

    Being a protective agent within the CIA is a pretty broad term. This could apply to those working security details at the political level or working in an office environment disseminating security information. We have chosen to look more specifically …
  • Border Patrol Agent

    Border Patrol Agent

    Daily Activities of a Border Patrol Agent One of the obvious job responsibilities of a border patrol agent is what is called line watch. These are patrols that occur along the border trying to find terrorists, undocumented aliens, and any …
  • Search for Criminal Justice Programs

    Search for Criminal Justice Programs

    Below are some featured online schools with online criminal justice or related programs that are currently accepting applications. Simply click the checkboxes next the programs you are most interested in and enter some simple information to get in contact with …
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  • Interview with Phillip Stevenson, Ph.D.

    Interview with Phillip Stevenson, Ph.D.

    Discover Criminal Justice sat down to speak with Phil Stevenson about his work turning statistics into policy in Arizona. In addition to being the director of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Dr. Stevenson also serves as president of the Justice …
  • Interview with Jill Spriggs: Past President of the American Society for Crime Lab Directors

    Interview with Jill Spriggs: Past President of the American Society for Crime Lab Directors

    Discover Criminal Justice recently sat down with Jill Spriggs; immediate past president of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors. In addition to her role in ASCLD, Spriggs serves as secretary of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, and a …
  • Interview with William Terrill; Policing Expert, Professor, Author

    Interview with William Terrill; Policing Expert, Professor, Author

    DCJ recently spoke with William Terrill, Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His research centers on police behavior, with an emphasis on police use of force policies and practices. He has published numerous scholarly …
  • Interview with AP-LS President, William E. Foote

    Interview with AP-LS President, William E. Foote

    DCJ.com recently spoke with William E. Foote, president of the American Psychology-Law Society. Dr. Foote has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Psychiatry and Family Practice services, the Psychology department, and the …
  • Education in Forensic Science

    Education in Forensic Science

    Forensic science refers to the application of scientific principles to establish facts for legal matters, both criminal and civil. Like all aspects of criminal justice, becoming a forensic scientist requires the appropriate education and training, however, because the term forensic …
  • Juvenile Justice Discussion with Simon Singer, PhD.

    Juvenile Justice Discussion with Simon Singer, PhD.

    DCJ recently spoke with Simon Singer, professor at Northeastern University’s school of criminology and criminal justice. Professor Singer’s research focuses on delinquency and juvenile justice. He received the Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association for his …
  • Introduction to Juvenile Justice

    Introduction to Juvenile Justice

    At the beginning of the 20th century, the idea of juvenile justice made sense to many Americans. Legislators and the citizens they represented believed in a separate system of juvenile justice, one that would be distinct from criminal justice. They …
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    ShakespeareBehindBars.org –  SBB offers theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to the incarcerated. SBB programming serves incarcerated adults and youth using exclusively the works of William Shakespeare. Evanslaw.com –  A San Francisco law firm that offers a wide range …
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  • DCJ.com Launch Press Release

    DCJ.com Launch Press Release

    DiscoverCriminalJustice.com Launches Comprehensive Resource for Criminal Justice Career Information Cambridge, Mass. March 13th 2013 — DiscoverCriminalJustice.com is a new comprehensive resource for anyone seeking an education or employment in criminal justice. DCJ.com is one of the best sources of criminal …
  • Research Methodology

    Research Methodology

    Our researchers surveyed 1,800 colleges and universities offering criminal justice programs  in the United States,  using information from the U.S. Department of Education, online information, and direct contact with school administrators. We identified over 5,000 criminal justice programs during our …
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  • Doctorate Degree in Criminal Justice

    Doctorate Degree in Criminal Justice

    We have 34 doctorate degree programs in our database. Doctoral programs are highly specialized and involve more intensive study than bachelor’s or master’s degree programs. Depending on the program, it can take anywhere from five to seven years to earn …
  • Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice

    Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice

    We found 494 Masters in Criminal Justice programs in our online school database. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment within the criminal justice system is expected to grow by approximately 11 percent through 2020. The rise …
  • Bachelors Degrees in Criminal Justice

    Bachelors Degrees in Criminal Justice

    We have 2,031 Bachelor’s Degree programs in our database. A Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice generally offers a more comprehensive education than a certificate or associate’s degree and takes longer to complete. While most associate’s degree programs are designed to …
  • Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice

    Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice

    We have 2,304 associate’s degree programs in our database. Earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice typically involves a larger investment of time compared to a certificate program, but less time than what’s required for a bachelor’s degree. Most associate’s …
  • Certificate in Criminal Justice

    Certificate in Criminal Justice

    We have 760 certificate programs in our database. Criminal justice certificate programs are designed to provide students with a basic overview of the field. Certificate programs can generally be completed over a period of weeks or months, versus two to …
  • Program Directory

    Program Directory

    Specialties Administration and Management (549) Corrections (366) Court Reporting (8) Criminal Justice (2917) Criminology (298) Forensic Psychology (30) Forensic Science (215) Homeland Security (194) Information Technology (160) International Criminal Justice (60) Juvenile Justice (48) Legal Studies (40) Paralegal (218) Police Studies (520) Degree Types Certificate (760) Associates (2304) Bachelors (2031) Masters (494) Doctorate (34)
  • Court Reporting Programs

    Court Reporting Programs

    Recordkeeping in the Criminal Justice System Maintaining accurate and detailed records of criminal proceedings ensures that a defendant’s rights are protected and eliminates room for potential errors. There are a number of individuals who are responsible for recordkeeping within the …
  • Police Studies Programs

    Police Studies Programs

    We have 520 police studies programs in our database. What Is the Focus of Police Studies? Police studies, or police science, refers to the study of the techniques, principles, and theories of law enforcement from both a historical and contemporary …
  • Paralegal Programs

    Paralegal Programs

    We have 218 paralegal programs in our database. What Do Paralegals Do? The primary role of a paralegal is to assist one or more attorneys in the preparation of a civil or criminal case. Paralegals perform many of the same …
  • Legal Studies Programs

    Legal Studies Programs

    We have 40 legal studies programs in our database. What Is Legal Studies? Legal studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses primarily on the law and the legal system. Students who enroll in a legal studies degree program can expect …
  • Juvenile Justice Programs

    Juvenile Justice Programs

    We have 48 juvenile justice programs in our database. Role of the Juvenile Justice System One of the key functions of the criminal justice system is to enforce the court’s sentence when an individual is convicted of a crime. Juvenile …
  • International Criminal Justice Programs

    International Criminal Justice Programs

    We have 60 international criminal justice programs in our database. What Is International Criminal Justice? The criminal justice system encompasses the various organizations, agencies, and individuals that work together for the prevention, deterrence, and punishment of crimes. International criminal justice …
  • Information Technology Programs

    Information Technology Programs

    We have 160 information technology programs in our database. What is Information Technology? Information technology, or IT, is the part of the engineering field that deals with the transmission, retrieval, and storage of data using computers or computer networks as …
  • Homeland Security Programs

    Homeland Security Programs

    We have 194 homeland security programs in our database. What is Homeland Security? Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government coined the term ‘homeland security’ to refer to the efforts made to prevent further terrorist activity against …
  • Forensic Science Programs

    Forensic Science Programs

    We have 215 forensic psychology programs in our database. What Is Forensic Science? Thanks to the popularity of television shows such as CSI and Bones, more people than ever are becoming interested in pursuing a career in forensic science. While …
  • Forensic Psychology Programs

    Forensic Psychology Programs

    We have 30 forensic psychology programs in our database. Overview of Forensic Psychology Psychology is the study of the human mind and the different behaviors that people engage in. Forensic psychology is the intersection of the application of psychological principles …
  • Find the Top Criminal Justice Programs Online

    Find the Top Criminal Justice Programs Online

    We have 2,917 schools with criminal justice programs in our database. What is Criminal Justice? Criminal justice is a broad career field that deals with the prevention, detection, and punishment of crimes. The criminal justice system encompasses three key components: …
  • What Makes a Great Police Officer?

    What Makes a Great Police Officer?

    Choosing to become a police officer is a life altering decision.  The competition to become a police officer is tough because many qualified individuals aspire to the same vocation.  This means the physical and emotional demands placed on candidates are …
  • Beyond Forensic Science: The Different Types of Forensics

    Beyond Forensic Science: The Different Types of Forensics

    Over the past decade, television shows such as “CSI,” “Bones,” and “Criminal Minds” have generated a significant amount of interest in criminal investigations, particularly with regard to the forensic aspects of how crimes are solved. These shows offer a unique, …
  • Criminal Justice Administration Degrees

    Criminal Justice Administration Degrees

    We have 549 criminal justice administration and management programs in our database. The criminal justice system is divided into three specific areas: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. While each branch has a different focus, all three rely on individuals …
  • Specialty Profiles

    Specialty Profiles

  • Interview with Raymond E. Foster; Author and Former Lieutenant of the LAPD

    Interview with Raymond E. Foster; Author and Former Lieutenant of the LAPD

    We recently spoke with Raymond E. Foster; author and former lieutenant of the LAPD. In the conversation, he shares with us his journey to becoming a police officer, his experiences moving up in the ranks of the LAPD, and his …
  • Becoming a Police Officer

    Becoming a Police Officer

    There’s nothing wrong with watching cops on TV or in a movie and thinking, “I wouldn’t mind doing that kind of job.” I’ve got nothing against cop shows. I loved “The Wire,” which aired on HBO from 2002-2008. It showed …
  • What is a Paralegal?

    What is a Paralegal?

    Paralegals work everywhere attorneys work and do much of the same work under the supervision of an attorney, similar to what physician assistants or nurse practitioners do in the medical field. There are no governmental established standards or qualifications for …
  • Selecting the Right Criminal Justice School

    Selecting the Right Criminal Justice School

    As the number of criminal justice degree programs in higher education keeps rising, selecting the right one for you can seem like an arduous task.  Colleges and universities utilize advertising methods like other businesses including slogans, glossy brochures, and branding. …
  • Career Profile: U.S. Marshal

    Career Profile: U.S. Marshal

    The U.S. Marshals Service is the oldest federal law enforcement office in the country, (though the U.S. Customs Service is the oldest federal agency in the United States). U.S. Marshals have a wide range of responsibilities, including running the federal …
  • Career Profile: Security Guard

    Career Profile: Security Guard

    Security officers are professionals who safeguard and protect people or assets against any kind of attack or intruder. The actual duties of the security officer vary depending upon whom or what is being secured, the number of security personnel, and …
  • Career Profile: Probation Officer

    Career Profile: Probation Officer

    Probation officers supervise people who have been convicted of a crime but, instead of being sent to prison, have been placed on probation. During this probationary period, offenders must obey all the conditions of their probation and not violate the …
  • Career Profile: Private Investigator

    Career Profile: Private Investigator

    In books and movies and on television, private investigators are heroes who fight the bad guys, recover the loot, and win the heart of the beautiful woman. In real-life they aren’t quite as glamorous as they’re portrayed by Hollywood, but …
  • Career Profile: Parole Officer

    Career Profile: Parole Officer

    Parole officers classify and supervise prisoners who are eligible for release prior to completing their sentences in prison. Prisoners wishing to qualify for parole status must obey prison rules, demonstrate progress in rehabilitation, participate in therapy programs, and show a …
  • Career Profile: Park Ranger

    Career Profile: Park Ranger

    The primary job of a park ranger is to make sure that visitors comply with the rules and regulations of the national or state park the ranger has been assigned to oversee. Because rangers enforce laws, they sometimes carry firearms …
  • Career Profile: Immigration Officer

    Career Profile: Immigration Officer

    Immigration officers work for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a part of the U.S. Federal Government. Immigration officers are charged with maintaining and enhancing the security of the United States of America. They fulfill their charge by overseeing …
  • Career Profile: FBI Agent

    Career Profile: FBI Agent

    FBI agents work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is the chief investigatory office of the federal government, along with being one of the world’s most elite law enforcement agencies. Called special agents, FBI agents utilize various means of …
  • Career Profile: Private Detective

    Career Profile: Private Detective

    Private detectives find and analyze information for individuals, businesses, and attorneys. They utilize clues to discover and expose details about legal, financial, or personal matters. Services offered by detectives include: executive, corporate, and celebrity protection; employment verification; identity theft; harassing …
  • Career Profile: Cyber Security Worker

    Career Profile: Cyber Security Worker

    In May 2009, President Barack Obama said, “America’s economic prosperity in the twenty-first century will depend on cyber security.” In the three years since those words were spoken, the problem of cyber security had only gotten worse. In other words, not …
  • Career Profile: Crime Scene Investigator

    Career Profile: Crime Scene Investigator

    Crime scene investigators are specialists within the law enforcement community who collect and analyze evidence from crime scenes. They examine tire tracks, footprints, blood samples, and many other elements of a crime scene in an attempt to provide an accurate …
  • Career Profile: Court Reporter

    Career Profile: Court Reporter

    Court reporters use special equipment—a device called a stenotype—to capture a verbatim written transcript of the spoken word. The stenotype allows the court reporter to depict the sound of words in phonetic code, where each of the characters represents a …
  • Career Profile: County Sheriff

    Career Profile: County Sheriff

    County Sheriffs are similar to police officers in many ways, but quite distinct from police officers in other areas. Sheriffs are elected officials, who work on the county level providing services to communities and individuals by protecting the safety and …
  • Career Profile: Corrections Officer

    Career Profile: Corrections Officer

    Corrections officers work in jails, prisons, courthouses and detention centers. They deal with and handle people who have just been arrested, defendants, and inmates. Shift work is normal for corrections officers, as correctional facilities operate twenty-four hours per day, and …
  • Interview with Karen Kruger; Baltimore, MD Law Enforcement Legal Adviser

    Interview with Karen Kruger; Baltimore, MD Law Enforcement Legal Adviser

    We recently spoke with Karen Kruger, a law enforcement legal adviser located in Baltimore, Maryland. In the interview, Karen sheds light on what it means to be a law enforcement legal adviser, her road to discovering this area of law, …
  • Interview with Robert Costello; Criminal Justice Department Chair, Nassau Community College

    Interview with Robert Costello; Criminal Justice Department Chair, Nassau Community College

    We recently spoke with Robert Costello, associate professor and chairperson of the criminal justice department at Nassau Community College, and adjunct professor of sociology at Hofstra University. In this interview, Professor Costello discusses the popularity and intricacies of the criminal justice field, …
  • Interview with Adam Lankford; Counter-Terrorism Expert, Author, and Professor

    Interview with Adam Lankford; Counter-Terrorism Expert, Author, and Professor

    We recently spoke with Adam Lankford, professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama. Specializing in counter-terrorism, Adam has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Wired, The Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post. In this interview we discuss his …
  • High Paying Criminal Justice Careers

    High Paying Criminal Justice Careers

    Anyone contemplating working in the criminal justice field has a natural interest in which jobs pay well and which do not.  That natural curiosity has to be tempered with the practical reality that the best paying criminal justice jobs may …
  • Is a Career in Corrections Right for You?

    Is a Career in Corrections Right for You?

    Corrections in its broadest sense describes all restrictions that the government imposes on people who commit crimes: incarceration in jails or prisons, placement under formal supervision programs such as probation and parole, rehabilitation and diversion programs, halfway houses and group …
  • Criminology: Where Criminal Justice and Sociology Meet

    Criminology: Where Criminal Justice and Sociology Meet

    Criminology is essentially a branch of Social Science which applies scientific principles to the study to crime, criminal behavior, and punishment.   In essence, it’s a branch of behavioral science in which crime is the behavior that is studied. The field …
  • Interview with Mark Pryor, District Attorney and Author

    Interview with Mark Pryor, District Attorney and Author

    I recently sat down with Mark Pryor, a prosecutor in Austin, Texas. In addition to “catching the bad guys and letting good guys go” at his day job, Mark fills his time writing novels (his newest, The Bookseller, being met …
  • The Best Preparation for Becoming a Police Officer

    The Best Preparation for Becoming a Police Officer

    Many college students think of their criminal justice degree as a means to obtain police employment. Alternatively, if they are already on the job, they think in terms of how the job will enhance their promotional opportunities. What most don’t …
  • Career Profile: Bounty Hunter

    Career Profile: Bounty Hunter

    Officially called bail enforcement agents or fugitive recovery agents, bounty hunters track down and capture fugitives. In return, the bounty hunter receives monetary compensation—the bounty. Bounty hunters are unofficial law enforcement agents tasked with returning defendants who have failed to …
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    Interviews

    Jill Spriggs Discover Criminal Justice recently sat down with Jill Spriggs; immediate past president of the American Society of Crime Lab Directors. In addition to her role in ASCLD, Spriggs serves as secretary of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations, …
  • Articles

    Articles

    Education in Forensic Science Forensic science refers to the application of scientific principles to establish facts for legal matters, both criminal and civil. Like all aspects of criminal justice, becoming a forensic scientist requires the appropriate education and training, however, …
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