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A Day in the Life of a Corrections Officer

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A lot what most people know about life as a corrections officer is built on what we see on TV. Shows like Orange is the New Black tend to lean on the idea that all corrections officers and corrupt or brutal, to increase the drama of the show. The reality is quite different. So if your favorite Netflix show has gotten it wrong, then what is it really like to work as a correctional officer? Correctional officers make up a vital part of our criminal justice system, working to protect the inmates under their care and civilians alike. Working as..

How To Join The JAG Corps?

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When people think of the US military, they don’t often think of lawyers, until you mention the JAG Corps. Popularized by the ten season CBS legal drama television show, JAG Corps actually stands for the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and while they may be involved in fewer firefights and car chases than in the show that spawned NCIS, the still fulfill a vital role in providing legal advocacy in the armed forces. What Does The JAG Corps Do? Each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard has a JAG program...

How Technology Is Revolutionising the Courtroom

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TV shows like CSI or Law and Order are often criticized for their depictions of technologies that are not in wide use by law enforcement or the judicial system or are just plain made up. However, just like any sector, technological advancements are having a major effect on the US justice system and how cases are assembled and tried in court.   In this article, we will be looking at some of those technologies and the impact they are having in the courtroom. Gathering the Evidence The traditional suite of technologies associated with evidence collection is something most people are..

What Jobs Are Available In The Correctional Sector?

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When most people think of careers in the correctional sector, they imagine working as a correctional officer. While this is completely understandable and correctional officers are both a great career choice and a hugely important part of the system, there are a vast range of other jobs available both inside and outside of correctional facilities. Correctional Officer Correctional officers are the front line of most correctional facilities, tasked with keeping corrections staff, as well as inmates, safe. A correctional officer’s duties revolves around overseeing inmates and suspects awaiting trial. On a day to day basis you might be called on..

Civil Law vs. Criminal Law: What Are The Differences?

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If you are considering a career in law, one of the first questions you might find yourself asking is "what is the difference between criminal and civil law." Criminal and civil law form two of the main pillars of the U.S legal systems, but surprisingly most people don't know the difference between them. To make things a little clearer, we've put together this simple guide to the main differences between criminal and civil law. The Basic Idea At its most basic form, civil law governs disputes between one entity and another, from conflicts between neighbors to disputes between huge multinational..

What Is The Difference Between Criminology And Criminal Justice?

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The terms criminal justice and criminology are often used interchangeably, which can be confusing for those seeking to pursue a career or education in either one of those fields. While there is certainly some crossover between the subjects, especially in education, the careers associated with them can be significantly different. Understanding the differences between the two, especially when choosing a college course that could define your professional future, is hugely important. So what are the differences between criminal justice and criminology? Criminal Justice vs. Criminology As a rule, criminal justice focuses on the procedural and policy aspects of the American..

How To Become A Correctional Officer In Nevada

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In 2016 the State of Nevada has approximately 13,637 people incarcerated state prison. In order to maintain these prisoners in a safe and secure environment, the state’s Department of Corrections employs over 2,400 people. Correctional officers are a vital part of Nevada’s criminal justice system, ensuring that those incarcerated in the state serve out the full extent of their sentence, while also facilitating prisoner participation reformative activities such as educational activities and vocational training. In this article, we will be looking at how you can become a correctional officer in the state of Nevada and what the educational, physical and..

5 Government Resources For Criminal Justice Students

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One of the easiest ways for you to make the best of your criminal justice course is to take advantage of all the resources that are available to criminal justice students on the internet. While there are a huge range of websites and blogs to choose from, some of the best are actually run by the U.S. Government. Below are five of the best government resources that criminal justice students can use in their studies.   1. U.S. Department of Justice - The U.S. Department of Justice website is filled with useful information for past and current criminal justice students...

How To Become A Private Investigator in Nevada

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The image of the grizzled private investigator (PI) has become a permanent part of our popular culture, but the reality is that the PI role increasingly demands specialized training and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is also increasingly in demand, with 11% job growth predicted over the next decade. Becoming a PI in Nevada requires specific training, qualifications and experience before you can achieve your license. In this article we’ll look at what the steps are for becoming a private investigator. 5 Steps To Becoming A Private Investigator 1. Decide on a specialization - Many PIs specialize in..

How To Network As A Criminal Justice Graduate

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Networking is an excellent tool for finding a job as new criminal justice graduate, attracting clients and building a support network of people in the same field as you. As a new graduate, making as many connections as possible can drastically increase your chance of finding work or establishing yourself as a freelance operator. To help you build your network, we've listed some common ways you can connect with other people in the criminal justice field. Networking Tips LinkedIn - Regardless of what field your chosen career is in, LinkedIn is an excellent tool for connecting with your peers and..