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Three Unique Opportunities in Criminal Justice

A career in criminal justice offers exceptional career opportunities. Beyond law enforcement and corrections, the field of criminal justice is growing to create a diverse [...]

Criminal Justice in the Community: Challenges & Opportunities

Law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system as a whole have been in the spotlight in recent years. Events pointing to undue force, in [...]

Does Prisoner Release Cause an Increase in Crime?

A summary of “Is Downsizing Prisons Dangerous? The Effect of California’s Realignment Act on Public Safety.” (Harmon Leymon) Dr. Mark G. Harmon Leymon, Assistant Professor [...]

White Collar Crime in Criminology and Criminal Justice Literature

A summary of “White Collar Crime Representation in the Criminological Literature Revisited, 2001-2010” (by Danielle McGurrin, Melissa Jarrell, Amber Jahn, and Brandy Cochrane) For nearly [...]

The Differences Between Criminology and Criminal Justice

If you’ve ever watched an episode of the hit TV show Law & Order, you know each episode is based on a two-part formula: one [...]

PSU Teams With Portland Police Bureau to Create Crime Data Site

Public perception of crime has been a topic that most criminal justice professionals deal with on a daily basis. One of Portland State University’s faculty [...]

Juvenile Probation Officers

Many people who end up working in the juvenile probation field never imagined they’d have a job as a juvenile probation officer. Sometimes it takes [...]

How Fingerprinting Improves Criminal Investigations

One of the most important parts of a forensic investigation is fingerprinting. As fingerprints are unique to each individual, they serve as a highly accurate [...]

Rehabilitation and alternatives to incarceration

Students engaged in a criminal justice degree program may come across the issues involved with choosing different methods of punishment that do not involve traditional [...]

Certifications and Education Needed to Be a Corrections Officer

Corrections officers are also referred to as correctional officers or detention officers. These professionals are responsible for looking over those who have been arrested and [...]

Psychology plays a role in criminal justice

Students pursue criminal justice degrees for a variety of reasons, but most curricula involve studying the criminal mind to learn more about the field. Psychology [...]

Three strikes law and criminal justice

The three strikes law has been a subject of much debate since its introduction as an actual regulation in 1993. Since then, about half of [...]

Factors that Affect Criminal Behavior

When law enforcement officials and students earning criminology degrees study the different causes of criminal behavior, they often examine different conditions that might encourage a [...]

Certification and Education Needed to Be a Probation Officer

Criminal justice degree programs are ideal for mid-career professionals in the fields of social work, psychology, sociology, family services, and children’s services. Because professionals in [...]

Prison overcrowding is a growing concern in the U.S.

Students in criminal justice degree programs who are interested in corrections must understand how prison populations interact and the dangers of overcrowding. As the increasing [...]

The difference between parole officers and probation officers

The criminal justice field includes the practices, systems and institutions in which the government mitigates, deters and upholds social control for crimes. This includes rehabilitation [...]

Examining the Promise of RFID Tracking in Prison

A summary of “Tracking Inmates and Locating Staff with Active Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID)” (Hickman) The ability of active radio-frequency identification (RFID) to track the movements [...]

Ultimate guide to canines k-9 in law enforcement

Canine units in law enforcement Potential law enforcement officers may have the opportunity to someday become an officer in a police K-9 unit. These specialty [...]

Ethics and Law Enforcement

The role of ethics in law enforcement Law enforcement agents and officials are often forced to make critical decisions in their day-to-day duties. Students who [...]

Reducing Fear of Crime: Who is Responsible?

A Summary of Police Quarterly Article: “Reducing Fear of Crime Citizen, Police or Government Responsibility?” (Renauer) Brian C. Renauer of Portland State University investigates the [...]