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Criminal Justice

What is 'Criminal Justice? (crim)'

Criminal Justice is the study of crime and the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Criminal Justice uses scientific perspectives and methodologies to examine crime and society's response to crime in the United States and around the world. These government entities work to maintain control in the public arena, prevent and manage crime, authorize punishment for criminal activities, and offer rehabilitation.

‚ÄčIs It For You?

Are you asking the question, is a degree in criminal justice right for me, and more important what type of a CJ career would I pursue? If the answer is yes, Metropolitan Community College (MCC) Criminal Justice Program will prepare you for a variety of criminal justice jobs. Popular jobs in criminal justice include law enforcement officers, correction officers, probation officers, youth workers, and juvenile detention officers. Earning an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from the MCC Criminal Justice Program will not only help you meet your educational goals, but with a CJ job, you will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life in your community and give you a career you can be proud of.

Individuals considering a degree or employment in the criminal justice profession must be aware of strict employment qualifications, which means students that have a criminal record may have difficulty securing a job in this field. Criminal Justice agencies carefully screen candidates in order to select those who will maintain the public's trust and confidence at all times.

Jobs and Salary Expectations

With an associate's degree in criminal justice from MCC, you will possess the education and skills necessary to work in a profession that has some of the most demanding, exciting and personally rewarding opportunities in the professional arena. The salary, healthcare, vacation, and retirement programs rank among the best. Labor Bureau studies show a solid growth rate in the criminal justice field.

Program Faculty

Diane Sjuts, MS - program director, traditional program
Bobby Polk, MA/MS - program director, online program
John Whalen, MS - instructor

Program descriptions

  • Corrections (CJCNO) - associate in applied science; jail and prison are two facets of the corrections branch of the criminal justice system, in addition to parole and probation. Under the corrections branch, punishment is administered to the person who committed a crime. Jail is a place where offenders are held in confinement for the short term. Prison confines offenders for longer periods of time and are often run by state or federal government. Probation is another facet of the corrections branch. If an offender gets probation, this is a lawful sanction which limits their behavior and opportunities to commit new crimes. Jobs within corrections include correction officer (federal, local, and state), probation and parole officers, residential treatment advocates, and detention workers.

  • Law Enforcement (CJLEO) - associate in applied science; when someone breaks the law, their first contact with the criminal justice system is usually a police officer. They investigate the crime and make an arrest based on eyewitness accounts, as well as evidence collected and processed by forensic scientists or crime scene investigators in a lab or clinical setting. There are various levels of law enforcement from local, county and state police, in addition to federal police such as FBI agents, CIA agents, U.S. Marshals, etc.

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