Posts Categorized: Criminal Justice

How to Become a K-9 Officer

Some of the first personnel called to investigate the scene of a crime or disaster are often K-9 police officers and their canine companions. K-9 police officers are law-enforcement professionals who partner with highly-trained police dogs to execute police duties. These police dogs are a valuable asset to many police departments around the country. K-9… Read more »

4 Unique Criminal Justice Careers

Criminal justice careers span several areas including law enforcement, courts, corrections and security. Within these fields, there are specialties and areas of employment that professionals can choose from, such as forensics and opportunities with the federal government for individuals in law enforcement. Many of these careers require additional training to be qualified, but getting your… Read more »

Evolving Duties of a Correctional Officer

The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any free nation. Inmate population peaked in 2009, when it increased for the 37th straight year, according to the National Institute of Justice Journal. At that time, U.S. prisons held 2.4 million inmates, or roughly one in every 100 adults. The incarceration rate was five times… Read more »

4 Landmark Court Cases That Changed America

The American judicial system is set up so that major court cases make a significant impact on the entire country. Many of the country’s most important cases have impacted laws that influence us today. Any student pursuing a criminal justice degree should understand the significance of these four landmark court cases as well as their… Read more »

Man’s Best Friend: How Dog Training is Affecting Prison Rehabilitation

In 1981, Sister Pauline Quinn began the first dog training program for prison rehabilitation, Pathways to Hope. She went on to help start other dog training programs across the United States, providing opportunities for inmates. She believed the programs would offer them renewed hope through the love of animals, just as she had experienced. At… Read more »