Criminal Justice Careers, Degrees and Resources

Law enforcement and criminal justice careers usually fall into one of three areas of the U.S. criminal justice system: law enforcement, the court system, and the corrections system. These careers are focused on preventing, prosecuting, and punishing crime.

CAREER GUIDE

Law enforcement and criminal justice careers usually fall into one of three areas of the U.S. criminal justice system: law enforcement, the court system, and the corrections system. These careers are focused on preventing, prosecuting, and punishing crime. Jobs range from police officers to court stenographers to prison wardens.

Opportunities for law enforcement and criminal justice careers exist at the federal, state and local levels. Federal jobs are the highest paying, but more than 50% of them are based in Florida, Texas, California, and the District of Columbia, so they may require you to relocate. People working in federal law enforcement are charged with ensuring the country’s safety, as well as with investigating federal offenses and large corporate crimes. Federal criminal justice employees run our federal court and prison systems.

Employing almost 130,000 people in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice, the Department of Justice is comprised of several agencies, including:

DOJ DivisionSample Job Types
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,and Explosives Special Agent, IndustryOperations Investigators
Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, Diversion Investigator
Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent, Investigative Specialist, Surveillance Specialist
Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Officer, Correctional Program Officer, Prison Warden
Office of the United States Attorneys Law Enforcement Coordination Specialist, Legal Assistant, Paralegal
US Parole Commission Parole Officer

State jobs are the second highest paying, followed with jobs with the local government. State and local law enforcement officers are charged with maintaining the peace and investigating both white-collar crime and crimes against people. They’re also responsible for policing our roads and highways.

The United States courts employ many people both at the federal and state levels, including probation officers, court reporters, case administrators, and legal secretaries.

Who is Best Suited?

Law enforcement and criminal justice jobs require people have many of the same types of characteristics, such as:

  • Integrity
  • Honesty
  • Interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability stay calm under pressure
  • Commitment to helping people
  • Ability to deal with difficult people

Physical and mental fitness is also important for law enforcement work. In addition, police officers must be at least 21 years of age. Federal special agent positions also have minimum age requirements.

 

Types of Jobs Available

There are three basic areas of work in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields:

  • Law enforcement careers focus on crime prevention and investigation. At the local level and state level, police officers protect communities from crime, investigate crimes, and arrest suspects. At the federal level, agents with the FBI, DEA, ICE, border patrol and US Marshals are also tasked with preventing and investigation crime.
  • The U.S. court system’s primary purpose is to determine whether suspected criminals are guilty or innocent. A variety of criminal justice professionals, in addition to lawyers and judges, work for the state and federal court system, including bailiffs, court reporters, and paralegals.
  • The U.S. corrections system enforces sentences mandated by the courts, including incarceration, probation or parole. Most sentences are designed to both punish and rehabilitate criminals. Among the careers in corrections are prison warden, prison guard, probation officer, and parole officer.
Career Prospects and Outlook

The outlook for law enforcement jobs is generally positive, with more growth expected at the local level while more competition for jobs is likely at the federal level. Law enforcement jobs in general are expected to grow by 7% by 2020, a rate slower than the average for all occupations. Jobs with local departments usually pay lower salaries and have high turnover rates, which opens up opportunities. State and federal positions typically pay more and are in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bilingual candidates with a bachelor’s degree and law enforcement or military experience, particularly investigative experience, will be highly sought after at the federal level.

Because responsibilities differ among law enforcement and criminal justice jobs, salaries do as well. Here is a sampling of jobs in the two areas, their salaries and career prospects:

Patrol Officer

Police patrol officers protect life and property in our communities, and serve as our first line of defense against crime. They pursue and arrest suspected criminals, enforce traffic laws, and respond to emergency calls. Police work can be a dangerous, though rewarding career. In 2010, 663,900 police and sheriff’s patrol officers worked in the U.S., earning a median salary of $54,550. Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 7% by 2020, a rate slower than the average for all occupations.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Detectives and investigators look into crime violations at the local, state and federal levels. They aim to prevent or solve crimes. The median pay for the 109,230 people employed as criminal investigators in 2012 was $77860. The highest salaries are offered in the metropolitan areas of NY, San Francisco, DC; Brunswick, GA, and Anchorage, AK.

State Trooper

State troopers ensure that drivers are following state vehicular laws and regulations, with the goal of promoting safety. They may also be called to respond to civil disorders and prevent disturbances and riots. They document evidence, work with detectives, and testify in court. Because they are often first responders to the scene of car accidents, they sometimes administer first aid and emergency equipment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics includes state troopers under the umbrella of police and sheriff’s patrol officers, a job segment earning a median annual salary of $55,270 with an expected employment growth of 8% by 2020.

Transit and Railroad Police

Approximately 4,140 transit and railroad police protect the property, employees, and passengers of public transit lines including subways, buses, trains and monorails in the U.S. today. The median salary in 2012 for transit and railroad police was $57,880, with the most jobs located in Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, California, and Illinois.

Court Reporter

Court reporters are responsible for recording, word-for word, what is said at legal proceedings. They create a complete and accurate and legal record. A certificate or associate’s degree is usually all that’s required to become a court reporter. About 22,000 people worked as court reporters in 2010, earning a median annual wage of $47,700.

Bailiff

Also known as marshals or court officers, bailiffs maintain safety and order in courtrooms. Their duties may include enforcing courtroom rules, assisting judges, guarding juries from outside contact, delivering court documents, and providing general security for courthouses. Approximately 16,240 people were employed as bailiffs in 2012, earning a median annual wage of $39,840. The vast majority of bailiffs work for local and state governments.

Paralegal

Depending on the organization’s size, paralegals assist lawyers by performing a variety of tasks, including legal research, investigating case facts, writing reports, and drafting documents such as mortgages and contracts. They help attorneys prepare for trial and may also assist during trials. There are close to 270,000 paralegals working in the U.S. with mean annual salaries of $50,220. By 2020, employment in the field is expected to grow by 18%, about the average for all occupations.

Correctional Officer

Correctional officers work in jails, reformatories, and penitentiaries and are responsible for supervising people who are incarcerated because they’ve been convicted of a crime or are awaiting trial. Prisoner safety is a primary concern, as is guarding against escape. Like many other law enforcement jobs, being a correctional officer can be stressful and dangerous. The mean annual salary in 2010 was $39,020, when about 475,300 people were employed as correctional officers, a number expected to grow by only 7% by 2020.

Probation Officers and Parole Officers

Probation officers work with offenders who are given probation instead of jail time. Parole officers work with people who have been recently released from jail, helping them re-enter society by providing services such as job training and substance abuse counseling. Both probation and parole officers aim to avoid future crimes being committed by their charges. In 2012, close to 87,000 people worked as probation or parole officers, earning a median annual wage of $52,380. Demand for these jobs will continue, especially as alternative forms of punishment to jailing, become more popular, and the number of jobs is expected to grow by 18% by 2020.

Internships
Corporate Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Dublin, CA Open to Students, Full-time, Immediate Security interns will learn about the Loss Prevention department at the Ross corporate offices. Ross Stores, Inc.
NASA's Pathways Intern Employment Program
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Hampton, VA Paid, Immediate, Open to Students Interns explore careers at NASA while rotating to various security disciplines in Center Security Services. Langley Research Center, NASA
Intern, Security Operations Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Morgantown, WV Open to Students, Immediate Interns will support the MPI Security Team, conduct research, prepare reports and work on assigned special projects. Mylan
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center College Intern Program
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Glynco, GA Paid, Summer, Open to Students The program lets college seniors or graduate students in criminal justice or a related field of study to participate in federal law enforcement training. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center http://www.dhs.gov/federal-law-enforcement-training-center-college-intern-program
Global Security Summer Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Chicago, IL Open to Students, Summer Interns work to protect the Chicago Mercantile Exchange by helping to identify threats. Chicago Mercantile Exchange http://www.internmatch.com/internships/chicago-mercantile-exchange--13/global-security-summer-internship?i=1&location=148406&s=1.6822764
American Transmission Company Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Pewaukee, WI Open to Students, Summer Interns will assist the ATC Corporate Security Department in physical security. Duties include acquiring records, assessing threats, uploading databases and managing access. American Transmission Company http://www.internmatch.com/internships/american-transmission-company--10/intern?i=5&location=156758&page=3&s=0.18207675
College Intern Airport Security
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Atlanta, GA Paid, Open to Students, Immediate Interns gain broad knowledge by working in all sections of security. At the end of the program, interns must develop a process improvement recommendation. City of Atlanta, GA
Criminal Investigator
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Helena, MT Paid, Immediate Investigate serious wildlife and commercial violations, primarily through covert methods. This is an entry-level job. State of Montana http://www.internmatch.com/internships/state-of-montana--18/criminal-investigator?i=1&location=165124&s=3.4178774
Intern SecurityCriminal Justice
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Pittsburgh, PA Summer, Open to students The intern will help with DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Security Vulnerability Assessments and learn how to interact with multiple intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Thermo Fisher Scientific
Probation Summer Temporary Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Houston, TX Open to High School Students, Paid, Summer The internship gives high school students, who are interested in a criminal justice or similar career, work experience and knowledge about careers in the legal field. U.S. Courts, Southern District of Texas http://www.internmatch.com/internships/us-courts-southern-district-of-texas/probation-summer-temporary?i=5&location=159906&s=0.32373205
Community Restorative Justice Internship
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Longmont, CO Paid, Fall, Open to Students Interns in the 10-month program will gain experience in restorative justice, volunteer management, and case and event coordination. LCJP
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Chattanooga, TN Paid, Summer, Open to Students The intern will work with the Security and Safety team by monitoring cameras and access control points, assisting with investigations and administrative tasks, and supporting risk assessments and audits. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee http://www.internmatch.com/internships/bluecross-blueshield-of-tennessee--14/intern?i=4&location=157623&s=0.33301565
Youth Security Specialist II
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Kearney, NE Paid, Immediate The youth security specialist will supervise youth in work and recreational activities, record logs, de-escalate combative youth and intervene during crisis situations. Nebraska State Government
Workers' Compensation Claims Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
Fenton, MO Open to Students, Summer, Full-time Interns will work with claims supervisors on presentations, maintain and update claims reports, and research ISO claims index system for potential improvements. National Interstate Insurance Company
BSA/High Risk Operations Intern
Location Specs Description Company Affiliation
San Ramon, CA Paid, Summer, Open to Students, Full-time Interns will mirror full-time employees in researching high-risk customers and other duties. Bank of the West

Certification and Professional Associations

The types of certification and professional associations in the fields of law enforcement and criminal justice are as numerous and varied as the job opportunities in these areas. The International Association of Chiefs of Police offers a comprehensive listing of more than 100 national and international law enforcement-related associations and organizations. The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance provides links to organizations and entities with relevance to the criminal justice community.

In addition, paralegals and court reporters each have their own national organizations, as follows:

National Association of Legal Assistants

National Federation of Paralegal Associations

National Paralegal Association

National Court Reporters Association

National Verbatim Reporters Association

United States Court Reporters Association

Police officers and probation officers must be state-certified. Paralegals must also be certified by a state’s Bar Association. Some of the professional associations offer certifications, that while not required, do improve job prospects. These include the American Correctional Association, which offers professional certification to people who work directly with offenders, including correctional officers, security officers, custodial officers, corporals and sergeants.  Both the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) offer widely recognized and respected optional paralegal credentials (not to be confused with state certification, which is required).

Scholarships/Colleges

SCHOLARSHIPS
Women in Federal Law Enforcement Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
$1,500 Open to full-time students pursuing a four-year degree in a criminal justice related discipline with a 3.0 GPA http://wifle.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=149121
Master Corporal Ronald G. Williams, Jr. Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania high school seniors planning to pursue a degree in criminal justice https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/criminal-justice-scholarships/master-corporal-ronald-g-williams-jr-scholarship/
Indiana Sheriffs Association Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to dependent children or grandchildren of a member of the association. Applicants must be Indiana residents pursuing a degree in law enforcement at an Indiana college. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/criminal-justice-scholarships/indiana-sheriffs-association-scholarship/
COAG Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to graduating Georgia high school seniors pursuing a degree related to specific fields, including law enforcement. NA
North Carolina Sheriffs Association Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to North Carolina students majoring in criminal justice NA
The David E. Whitmire Scholarship Fund
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to students who have declared a criminal justice, criminology, police administration or police science major. NA
HEEF Mike Corona Foundation Law Enforcement Scholarships
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to Orange County high school seniors or transfer students pursuing a career in law enforcement. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/criminal-justice-scholarships/heef-mike-corona-foundation-law-enforcement-scholarships/
Maine Chiefs of Police Memorial Scholarship Fund
Amount Eligibility More Info
$500 Open to graduating Maine high school seniors planning a career in law enforcement. More Info:https://www.cappex.com/scholarship/listings/Maine-Chiefs-of-Police-Memorial-Scholarship-Fund/-s-d-40738/ NA
Dan R. Montgomery Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
$1,000 Open to Puget Sound students pursuing a law enforcement career. https://www.cappex.com/scholarship/listings/Dan-R-Montgomery-Scholarship/-s-d-40846/
National Black Police AssociationAlphonso Deal Scholarship Award
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to high school seniors pursuing higher educational training in law enforcement or a related area. NA
Sheryl A. Horak Law Enforcement Explorer Memorial Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
$1,000 Open to Law Enforcement Explorers in the 12th grade. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/criminal-justice-scholarships/sheryl-a-horak-law-enforcement-explorer-memorial-scholarship/
Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Award
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to minority students with a financial need who are pursuing a degree in the criminal justice field. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/criminal-justice-scholarships/martin-luther-king-jr-scholarship-award/
SFSB - David E. Maccianti Memorial Scholarship
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to students pursuing a career in law enforcement who are in need of financial assistance. Applicants must have attended a Santa Barbara County, California school for grade 7-12. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/criminal-justice-scholarships/sfsb-david-e-maccianti-memorial-scholarship/
ASC Gene Carte Student Paper Competition Award
Amount Eligibility More Info
$200-500 Open to full-time criminal justice students who submit a paper related to criminology. http://www.scholarshiplibrary.com/wiki/ASC_Gene_Carte_Student_Paper_Competition_Award
ACJA LAE National Student Paper Competition
Amount Eligibility More Info
Varies Open to student members of the American Criminal Justice Association, Lambda Alpha Epsilon. NA

Colleges Offering Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Study

 Law enforcement and criminal justice courses and degrees are offered at community colleges and at 4-year colleges and universities. To follow is a sampling of the available programs by degree. You can also find paralegal and court reporter programs as follows:

ABA-Approved Paralegal Education Programs

Court Reporter Programs Certified by the NCRA

TYPE OF DEGREE
State
DEGREE LEVEL STATE SCHOOL NAME PROGRAM NAME
Associate Alabama Chattahoochee Valley Community College Criminal Justice / Police Science
Associate Alabama South University-Montgomery Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Associate Alabama Faulkner University Criminal Justice / Safety Studies
Associate Alabama George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan Criminal Justice / Police Science
Associate Alabama George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville Criminal Justice / Police Science
Associate Alabama Herzing University-Birmingham Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Associate Alabama Jefferson State Community College Criminal Justice / Police Science
Associate Alabama Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Criminal Justice / Police Science
Associate Alabama Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals Criminal Justice / Police Science
Associate Alabama Northeast Alabama Community College Criminal Justice / Police Science

ONLINE COLLEGES

SCHOOL
TYPE
DEGREE LEVEL SCHOOL NAME PROGRAM NAME & URL
Associate American InterContinental University-Online Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Associate Bacone College Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Associate Baker College of Clinton Township Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Associate Baker College of Clinton Township Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security
Associate Bemidji State University Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Associate Bismarck State College Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice
Associate Bismarck State College Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice
Associate Broward College Associate in Science in Criminal Justice
Associate Broward College Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Associate Cameron University Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice

RANKINGS

TYPE OF RANKING
Money Matters: The Most Affordable Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degrees

A career in criminal justice can be hugely rewarding, and the first step to success is often a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. Still, whether taking classes online or at a brick-and-mortar institution, a degree can be costly. Luckily, there are a slew of affordable programs for prospective students to look into.

#School NameAverage In-state Tuition% Undergraduate Students Receiving AidAverage Amount of AidTypeState
1 Citadel Military College of South Carolina $15059%$11,065PublicSouth Carolina
2 Salem State University $91047%$5,077PublicMassachusetts
3 Texas Southern University $1,39982%$7,110PublicTexas
4 University of Massachusetts-Lowell $1,45452%$6,751PublicMassachusetts
5 Dalton State College $2,27675%$4,725PublicGeorgia
6 Sinte Gleska University $2,64054%$5,838Private not-for-profitSouth Dakota
7 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith $3,12071%$5,888PublicArkansas
8 Rogers State University $3,26369%$5,034PublicOklahoma
9 Texas A & M International University $3,50473%$6,454PublicTexas
10 East Central University $3,60867%$6,219PublicOklahoma
11 Armstrong Atlantic State University $3,61061%$5,635PublicGeorgia
12 Tarleton State University $3,69676%$2,765PublicTexas
13 Nevada State College $3,70552%$4,158PublicNevada
14 The University of Texas at Brownsville $3,74278%$4,167PublicTexas
15 Northeastern State University $3,75073%$5,292PublicOklahoma
16 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus $3,95760%$6,858PublicOklahoma
17 Weber State University $3,96140%$3,984PublicUtah
18 Boise State University $3,99155%$4,019PublicIdaho
19 Angelo State University $3,99681%$5,502PublicTexas
20 Utah Valley University $4,12248%$4,662PublicUtah
21 The University of Texas-Pan American $4,16877%$6,986PublicTexas
22 Western Connecticut State University $4,28550%$4,436PublicConnecticut
23 West Texas A & M University $4,37052%$5,420PublicTexas
24 Northwestern Oklahoma State University $4,39486%$4,814PublicOklahoma
25 Idaho State University $4,41872%$5,000PublicIdaho
26 University of Central Oklahoma $4,46050%$5,199PublicOklahoma
27 University of Maryland Eastern Shore $4,49377%$9,498PublicMaryland
28 Stephen F Austin State University $4,60567%$6,210PublicTexas
29 Southern Utah University $4,96072%$8,979PublicUtah
30 Missouri Southern State University $5,08479%$4,583PublicMissouri
31 West Virginia University Institute of Technology $5,13664%$6,942PublicWest Virginia
32 University of North Alabama $5,32858%$4,473PublicAlabama
33 Washburn University $5,40062%$4,692PublicKansas
34 Austin Peay State University $5,42484%$6,480PublicTennessee
35 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice $5,43064%$6,472PublicNew York
36 Frostburg State University $5,46455%$6,286PublicMaryland
37 Tennessee State University $5,49681%$7,155PublicTennessee
38 SUNY College of Technology at Canton $5,57072%$6,259PublicNew York
39 Morrisville State College $5,57080%$6,478PublicNew York
40 SUNY at Fredonia $5,57063%$4,892PublicNew York
41 Middle Tennessee State University $5,61672%$6,554PublicTennessee
42 University of Colorado-Colorado Springs $5,64065%$9,687PublicColorado

TOP PROFESSORS

Best of the Best: The Top Criminal Justice Instructors in the Nation

There are hundreds of criminal justice instructors throughout the country, and these professors have proven to be the very best. Each was chosen for this list because of their service to the community, fellowships, grants, and reputation.

1. Dr. Keith Atkins

2013 Distinguished Faculty Service Award

University of Houston, TEXAS

J. Keith Akins, assistant professor of criminal justice in the School of Arts and Sciences, and director of the First Year Academic Experience, earned the Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Dr. Atkins came to UHV in 2008 from New Mexico State University where he was on the teaching faculty in Criminal Justice.He has also worked for the Anti-Defamation League and the University of North Florida and is a partially disabled veteran of the US Army.

2. Bill Shaw

Excellence in Teaching Award

Northwestern State University, LOUISIANA

As an Excellence in Teaching award recipient, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Bill Shaw, was chosen by his colleagues based on his contributions to the university in the area sof scholarship, leadership, and service. He is a graduate of the State Police Academy and served as a law enforcement officer in Louisiana and Texas.

3. Dr. Michele Brown

University Professor Award

Ohio University, OHIO

Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Law, Justice & Culture. She's the recipient of both the University Professor Award and the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award. Her research interests include media, culture, and the sociology of punishment, law, and risk.

4. Dr. Daniel Nagin

2014 Stockholm Prize in Criminology

Carnegie Mellon University, PENNSYLVANIA

Dr. Daniel S. Nagin, Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, has been awarded the 2014 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his work in helping to reshape the use of prison and community corrections based on evidence of what works — and what doesn't. The international prize, sponsored by the Swedish Ministry of Justice with major contributions from the Torsten Söderberg Foundation, is awarded annually for outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights.

5. Dr. Rachel Stein

2010 Richard J. Terrill Paper of the Year Award

West Virginia University, WEST VIRGINIA

Dr. Rachel Stein, Assistant Professior of Sociology, was named the 2010 Richard J. Terrill Paper of the Year award winner by the International Criminal Justice Review for her research examining how a person’s daily routines and elements of country structure can expose them to potential criminal attacks.

6. Dr. Lisa Briggs

2012 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching

Western Carolina University, NORTH CAROLINA

Lisa Briggs, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina Universit, was named one of the best teachers in the University of North Carolina system in 2012. She was among 17 recipients of the UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

7. Dr. Adam Bossler

$200,000 National Science Foundation Research Grant

Georgia Southern University, GEORGIA

Dr. Adam Bossler, associate professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, has been awarded a grant of approximately $200,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Along with along with colleagues from Missouri University of Science and Technology and Michigan State University, he will study social dynamics of cyber criminals.

8. Dr. Jennifer Balboni

2011 Emerging Scholar Award from the New England Academy of Criminal Justice Science

Curry College, MASSACHUSETTS

Dr. Balboni is an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice and Sociology Department. She received the 2011 Emerging Scholar Award from the NEACJS. She was honored with Curry College's 2012 Excellence in Academic Advising.

9. Dr. Leanne Alarid

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 2011 Founders Award

University of Texas-El Paso, TEXAS

Dr. Leanne F. Alarid is Associate Professorof Criminal Justice. She has served as a principal or co-PI on research and evaluation grants and contracts related to corrections, juvenile justice, and community policing. Dr. Alarid has authored/edited eight books and has published over 40 scholarly articles and chapters. She received the Founder’s Award at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in 2011.

10. Dr. Bonnie Fisher

George Rieveschl Jr. Award, University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnatti, OHIO

Professor of Criminal Justice Bonnie Fisher was honored with the 2012 Rieveschl Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works for her purpose-driven national and international research on violence against women, from domestic violence to sexual assault.

11. Dr. Michael Hallett

Gandhi, King Ikeda Award from Morehouse College

University of North Florida, FLORIDA

Dr. Hallett is a Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of North Florida. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals, and in 2006 he received the Gandhi, King Ikeda Award from Morehouse College for his book Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective. Dr. Hallett’s current research is focused on faith-based programs.

12. Dr. Holly Ventura Miller

Outstanding Article Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA)

University of Texas-San Antonio, TEXAS

Dr. Miller, assistant professor of criminal justice in the UTSA College of Public Policy, received the 2011 Outstanding Article Award from the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA) for her article, "The Social Context of Acculturation: Findings from a Sample of Hispanic Adolescents." The article was chosen from 50 that appeared in the publication during that year.

13. Dr. Jana Arsovska

W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship from the National Institute of Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NEW YORK

Assistant Professor Jana Arsovska of the John Jay Department of Sociology teaches criminology and international criminal justice. The two-year, $100,000 W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship award will allow her to expand her exploration of what she says is an understudied area: Albanian organized crime.

14. Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstein

2012 Lahoma Adams Buford Peace Award

University of Alabama, ALABAMA

Dr. Bronwen Lichtenstei is an associate professor and graduate director in the department of criminal justice. The award is given annually to a faculty member at The University of Alabama who in his or her teaching, research, professional practice and personal life has demonstrated exceptional levels of involvement in mediating human disputes, helping overcome prejudice, promoting justice and establishing peace.

15. Dr. Cassia Spohn

2013 Defining Edge Award for Research in Social Sciences

Arizona State University, ARIZONA

Dr. Spohn was honored with this ASU award given to a professor who has made a specific contribution over the last decade that meets the highest standards of the discipline or profession.She's known as a pivotal figure in two research areas of great importance to law, social sciences and contemporary society: the intersection of race, crime and justice and sentencing by criminal courts.

16. Dr. Courtney Franklin

New Scholar Award from Academy of Criminal Justice Science

Sam Houston State University, TEXAS

Prof. Franklin was awarded the “New Scholar Award” in recognition of her scholarly achievements as she begins her career in. To date, Franklin has published 16 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals. She teaches an undergraduate course on “Violence against Women” and a master’s level course on “Controversies in Victimology” in SHSU's College of Criminal Justice.

17. Dr. Carrie Cook

2013 Georgia College Excellence in Scholarship Award

Georgia College, GEORGIA

Dr. Cook, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, was recognized for her level of research and publication productivity.

18. Dr. Nicole Hendrix

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Sage Junior Faculty Development Award

Radford University, VIRGINIA

Dr. Hendrix joined the Radford faculty in 2006. Her current current research interests include a variety of criminal justice topics, including police use of force, gender and justice issues, firearm related topics, specifically the purchase, storage, and carrying of guns.

CAREER SALARY TOOL

Anniston 2010 MEDIAN PAY $26,560 per year $13 per hour Birmingham 2010 MEDIAN PAY $35,370 per year $17 per hour