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The Three Pillars of the Criminal Justice System

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The US criminal justice system is a huge and complex piece of civic machinery with millions of working parts. Wrapping your head around the scale of a system that provides theoretically fair criminal justice to 327.2 million Americans.   While it is a bit of an oversimplification, the criminal justice system can be rendered down into three basic pillars, so if you are interested in a career in the justice system, such as becoming a legal assistant, and want to expand you knowledge of this vital government mechanism, here is our guide to the three pillars of the criminal justice..


Are Burglary and Robbery the Same Thing?

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If you’ve ever watched any legal or law enforcement drama on TV, you’ll notice that they throw around a lot of different terminology for what seems to be the same thing. If someone’s house is broken into, it is burglary or robbery? If someone is killed, is it murder or manslaughter?    In this article, we’ll be cleaning up this uncertainty by comparing commonly confused legal terms and pointing out the differences which separate them. Burglary and Robbery These two felonies are often confused with each other because they both involve theft, also called larceny.    To make it simple,..


A Brief History of the FBI

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, is arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic law enforcement agencies in the world. Inextricably linked to high profile crimes and the pursuit of famous gangsters and drug lords, the FBI has become a staple of crime fiction and true crime podcasts, books, and television shows.   In this article, we’ll be looking at the history of the FBI, from its founding in 1908 to come of the more infamous moments in its history. The Founding of The FBI The organization that would eventually become the Federal Bureau of Investigation was created..


Eight Blogs for Criminal Justice Students

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Criminal Justice is an amazing field to study and seek qualifications in, with a wide range of specialties and areas of interest. While this range of possibilities makes it a fantastic field to look for a career in, it can also make it hard to decide what field you might want to focus on. So, if you are considering a career in Criminal Justice, or you are a student here at NCC and are looking for more information on potential future careers, here are eight fascinating blogs that act as a great introduction to the field and an amazing resource..


How to Become a Probation Officer

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TV shows might project the idea that probation officers are hard-nosed bounty hunter type characters who are all about hunting down people who break their probation, but the reality is quite different.   Probation officers can often be a lifeline for criminals who have committed non-violent crimes, supporting them while they overcome drug addictions, leave criminal gangs and generally reintegrate into normal society.   So, if you are looking for a career in which you can really make a difference in people’s lives, here is all the information you need to become a Probation Officer. What Does a Probation Officer..


3 Signs That Legal Assistant Is the Right Career for You

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Have you always wanted to work in the field of law but don’t have time or money to spend on the years of expensive schooling required to become an attorney? The good news is that you don’t to. You can graduate as a legal assistant from Northwest in as little as 9 months, and our schedule allows you to attend Legal Assistant training, care for family and have a balanced life in Las Vegas while advancing towards your new career. Changing a career, or beginning a new one, is always a daunting prospect, but if you find you alight with..


A Guide to Police Ranks

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Because of the wide-ranging and complicated job that law enforcement represents, many of the ranks within police departments can be a little confusing. Although entirely civilian, most police ranks are more similar to military positions than they are to traditional civilian job roles, and the police hold a more strict hierarchy that your standard business.   So, if you are looking to turn your qualification in Criminal justice into a career in law enforcement, but would like a little more information on exactly what potential career paths are available to you, here is a short guide to police ranks. Police..


What Is Constitutional Law?

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Getting a position in the field of law has always come with the perception that you need to spend many years and thousands of dollars on becoming a lawyer. The reality is that most law firms wouldn’t be able to without their vital paralegals, and training to become a paralegal can take as little as nine months!   The importance of paralegals to the modern legal sector can be seen in the rising demand for them. Employment for Paralegals is expected to increase 8% from 2014-2024, faster than average for all occupations according to the United States Bureau of Labor..


Parole Officer Vs. Probation Officer: What Are the Differences?

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With a combination of similar names and similar duties, it is easy to see why people get confused by the difference between a parole officer and a probation officer.   Both professions play a pivotal role in the US criminal justice system, helping to rehabilitate felons and help local communities, so if you are considering a career in criminal justice and would like to know more about these two similar but entirely separate professions, read on. Parole Vs. Probation: the Differences Before we look at the differences between the job roles themselves, it is important to define the difference between..


The Difficulties of Rejoining Society After a Felony Conviction

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The myth constructed around the US justice systems is the once a felon has been convicted, incarcerated, theoretically rehabilitated and the released, that they are free to rejoin society, having served their time, so to speak.   The reality is that there are overwhelming barriers to those who have served their time become useful parts of society again, from an inability to get employment to felony disenfranchisement laws that prevent them from taking part in our democratic system.   It’s easy to see felony convicts as hardened criminals serving long sentences for horrible crimes, but a recent U.S. Department of..