I chose to study criminal justice because the world depends on future professionals to guide today’s youth in the right direction. Criminal Justice is one of the fastest growing careers in the United States. While the discipline has been expanding for more than a decade, much job growth is still to come. There is no doubt that the events of September 11, 2001 opened the world’s eyes to how important community awareness is. I chose Criminal Justice as my career path because it facilitates exploration of the tension that exists within American society between individual rights and freedoms on one hand and the need for public safety and security on the other. In my current career, I am responsible for assuring that many travelers both domestic and international are safe before boarding an aircraft. Working among many different cultures has opened my mind to the bigger picture with where I want my Criminal Justice career to take me. There is a large area of choice when it comes to the Criminal Justice field as a career choice. Criminal Justice degrees not only teach how to enforce and uphold laws, but there is also almost as much of a focus on the analysis of why crime exists in the first place.
The three key issues intricate with correctional staff are corruption, staff safety, gender and staffing. Correction officers are people that tried to become cops but failed. So their morals take a huge hit because they are upset about not being able to become a police officer. So it is easier for them to be corrupted because that’s their way of getting back at the system. Another way of ...
The study social and economic implications in high crime areas, extremes, and types vary from place to place. There is also considerable study of the notion of criminality, and the important acknowledgment of the scale of crime. The demand for qualified and efficient personnel in the field of criminal justice is on the rise. There are many federal agencies to choose from when it comes to employment. Depending on the level of your experience and education in any sphere that encompasses the basics and/or specifics of criminal justice employment in federal agencies like the FBI, CIA, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms), the Secret Service, Customs, DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), INS, and the Border Patrol, in state and local government agencies as state troopers, SBI agents, local law enforcement officers, arson specialists, serology and fingerprinting specialists, in the private sector as detectives, investigators and security specialists, in the corrections department as wardens, as juvenile and adult psychologists, and as corrections, parole, and probation officers, in the legal profession as lawyers, legal assistants and secretaries, paralegals, court administrators, judges, and magistrates, in military and defense agencies as military police officers and investigators, in the field of criminology as criminologists, crime scene investigators, and forensic scientists, in gaming surveillance as conservation officers, in colleges and universities as lecturers and professors, and in the field of cyber crime and white-collar crime detection and prevention.
In addition to federal agencies, there are state agencies that employ Criminal Justice degree holders as well. After obtaining my degree, I plan to move in the juvenile justice System. The window of juvenile justice is always open to new avenues. Many of our youth are lost in today’s society. Many lifestyle changes and negative upbringings contribute to our youth taking the path to nowhere. As my career progress, I plan to focus on developing a strategy to attract more youth to a more positive path. The concern over violation of children’s rights in these situations, throughout the world, is growing. Policy and practice relating to juvenile justice are among those areas most frequently criticized by the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the rights of the Child. In many areas of the world, Juvenile Justice System operates in many different ways. In the United States, “children housed with adults are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted, twice as likely to be beaten and 50% more likely to be attacked with a weapon than those children housed in juvenile facilities, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Nationwide in 1994, 45 children died while they were locked up in state adult prisons or detention centers”. In Kenya, “ children are picked up, held in police lockups where they are often beaten and almost always held with adults, and then released back onto the streets”. The Children and Young Persons Act of Kenya allows police to detain 16- and
We may think that all convicted individuals should spend some time, or in some cases, a substantial amount of time behind bars for the crimes that they have committed. It is true that under the current scheme of the law, people who have transgressed against the statutes that the society has set must stand before the judgment of the bar of law and if found guilty, pay restitution for their acts. ...
17-year-olds with adults, and application of this possibility would seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Conditions for younger children have also inspired concern. At Nairobi Juvenile
Remand Home, children lacked any educational or recreational activities. Since in practice children are held on remand for as long as three years, this severe deprivation can have dire cumulative effects. The fact that close media attention is paid to cases of this nature should be seen more as an indication of their extreme rarity than of their growing incidence. A study covering 80% of 10- to 13-yearold children identified as “persistent or serious offenders” in New Zealand in 1994, for example, found that only 22%, i.e. 23 children, had in fact been convicted of a very serious or serious crime.43 The projection for the country as a whole is therefore just 31 such children for a total population of 3.5 million. Even so, Estonia reports that in just 12 months (1992-1993) violent crimes as a proportion of all crimes committed by juveniles rose from 8% to 13%.67 In Poland, juveniles are also said to be becoming involved more frequently in such crimes — in the 1984-1993 period, juvenile involvement in manslaughter reportedly rose by 271%, assault by 330% and armed robbery by 189%. The number of offenders under 13 was found
... penalties, such as prison, could ruin the child's life. For example, if the juvenile who commits a crime truly regrets doing so, he will ... location does affect the occurrence of juvenile crimes ("The Matthew Project" p. 1). A few years back, a tragedy took place in ... obvious, yet 20 000 youths are arrested every year charged with violent crimes, ranging from assault to first degree murder ("Questions ...
to have risen by 78% from 1993 to 1994.70 In contrast, official figures from the United States record a 13.3% fall in the number of 5- to 14-year-olds committing murder in 1996 compared with the previous year. It is also necessary to look beneath the surface of certain atrocities allegedly committed by juveniles. As studied worldwide, many countries have work to do when it comes to Juvenile Justice Systems. Many children will suffer if something isn’t done to change the way our officials handle our children’s future. So you see a Criminal Justice career reaffirms the American way of life by supporting the values on which it is based. FREEDOM.
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