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The Role of Whistleblowers in Exposing Crimes in the Workplace

What do Daniel Ellsberg, Mark Felt, Karen Silkwood, Frank Serpico, Jeffrey Wigand, and Sherron Watkins all have in common? They all reported significant wrongdoing at [...]

Why White Collar Crime Studies are Essential for the Criminology and Criminal Justice Major

The following article is written by a Portland State University CCJ Associate Professor, Dr. Danielle McGurrin. Whenever I meet my students on the first day [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Community Justice Resources

Community justice refers to crime prevention and other precautionary activities operated by civilians, such as neighborhood watch groups and youth programs, that take place in [...]

Resource Guide to Crime Analysis

Students who are seeking a criminal justice degree may want to consider a career in crime analysis. This area of law enforcement focuses on documenting [...]

Crime Mapping, Demographics of Illegal Activity

Crime mapping is a technique that assists law enforcement agents and officers in locating and analyzing crime hot spots and trends. This technique originated in [...]

Juvenile Courts

Juveniles have a separate court system because our society believes children are different from adults and therefore should be treated differently. Children who commit crimes [...]

Ways Communities Can Lower Crime

When it comes to lowering crime rates, law enforcement is only part of the equation. There are important ways that communities can help reduce crime. [...]

The Problem of Prison Overcrowding Must Be Addressed

Approximately one in 35 U.S. adults are incarcerated, on parole or on probation. Prison overcrowding creates stresses that can explode into violence. The huge number [...]

Fact vs. Fiction: Criminology & Criminal Justice Careers

It’s important that anyone looking toward pursuing a career in criminology and criminal justice know that they will receive a new perspective on the world [...]