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Predictive Policing Used for Crime Prevention

Some United States criminal justice organizations are experimenting with technology to identify and prevent illegal activity. Some law enforcement agencies use predictive policing software with [...]

Reducing Shoplifting in Oregon Businesses

Larceny is defined as taking goods from a business or owner of the property without consent, and intends to permanently deprive them of it. Unlike [...]

Advancements in Community Correction Technology

Technology is inescapably merging with community corrections work as agencies work to decrease cost and increase effectiveness. Read more.

Overview of Oregon’s Public Safety Strategies

In 2011, the state of Oregon designed a 10 Year Public Safety Policy plan to combat present and future safety issues. This project promotes a [...]

Probationary Work in Federal Justice

The job of federal probation officers is to supervise offenders in the community, help direct them toward helpful resources, such as job training, and ensure [...]

2017 Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit

Growing Prison Population in Oregon In 2015, the first Oregon Justice Reinvestment Summit was held amid growing concerns about the size and cost of the [...]

New Institute to Focus on Community-Police Relations

Tragedies in communities such as Ferguson, Baltimore, and Dallas have drawn national attention to the growing problems between law enforcement and the communities that they [...]

How to Pursue a Criminology Degree Entirely Online

The criminology and criminal justice job market is expanding to meet the needs of the field. For those who may be considering a career in [...]

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 way for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]