Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. Personal safety is a high priority for both government and individuals across the country and because of this, the criminal justice corrections field is expected to see growth through at least 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1.
1 BLS, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Correctional Officers,
Many people might be wondering exactly what criminal justice administration is and what a degree in criminal justice administration will provide. Basically, a degree in criminal justice administration can eventually lead to one of several career possibilities. In addition to a correctional officer role, a degree in criminal justice administration can be helpful for people who are looking to enter a career in the juvenile justice system, security or court administration.
An educational program that focuses on administrative tasks within criminal justice programs can prepare a person for work in the various organizations and domains of the criminal justice system. Students can learn specifics of constitutional law as well as procedures and processes that allow them to succeed in management and administrative roles. Criminal justice administration programs will help students increase their logic and critical thinking skills. As it is important for criminal justice administrators to show good judgment and knowledge of ethical standards, criminal justice administration programs also help students develop these skill sets.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the majority of people who enter the criminal justice administration field work for state governments, but others have opportunities to work for local governments and the federal government as well. There are even opportunities for criminal justice administrators to find work at psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals.
An example of a specific criminal justice administration job is that of a prison warden. Wardens may create and administer the operating procedures for their facility, prepare material for public relations that can include reports and speeches, and inform their officers about any changes in regulations or procedure. Ultimately, prison wardens are often responsible for all of the day-to-day operations within their facility, including prisoner detainment and custody, prisoner treatment and care, prisoner rehabilitation and training as well staff management.
A career in criminal justice administration can be an excellent path for people with high ethical standards and a drive to create a safer community.
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/correctional-officers.htm (visited October 19, 2012).