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Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice refers to the system used by government to maintain social control, prevent crime, enforce laws, and administer justice. Law enforcement (police), courts, and corrections are the primary agencies charged with these responsibilities. When processing the accused through the criminal justice system, government must keep within the framework of laws that protect individual rights. The pursuit of criminal justice is, like all forms of "justice", "fairness" or "process", essentially the pursuit of an ideal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_justice


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JOBS REQUIRING ADDITIONAL EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE
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RELATED MAJOR SKILLS
Written & presentation skillsUnderstanding societies' reaction to crimes
Considerations of gender & raceQuantitative skills
Skills in research and scientific methodologyCritical thinking
Understanding nature of crimesDecision-making
PatienceResearch strategies
Ethics and moral valuesInterviewing skills
Strong background in humanities, social science, & natural scienceBroad understanding of criminal law and the criminal justice system
Computer literacyAbility to identify and analyze social problems and develop solutions
Knowledge of legal structuresSupervision & management skills

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