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Careers in Criminal Justice

Second
  • Coy H. Johnston - Arizona State University School of Criminology and Criminal Justice


February 2018 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Careers in Criminal Justice, Second Edition prepares students to plan, pursue, and realize their career goals—from conception through the hiring process. Coy H. Johnston’s contemporary approach emphasizes student self-reflection and pragmatism in the pursuit of self-fulfillment and professionalism. With coverage of over forty careers in policing, courts, corrections, and victim services, students receive a comprehensive overview of the most popular and growing careers in the field. Self-assessment tools enhance the student’s self-awareness and steer them toward realistic and suitable careers in criminal justice. This easy-to-read guide is organized to prepare and encourage growth throughout the student’s career.

New to the Second Edition:

  • A new chapter titled “Volunteering and Internship” (Chapter 9) guides readers through the importance and process of early involvement in the field to create a more enticing resume.
  • Three new “Guest Speaker” profiles offer students new perspectives and practical advice for a variety of careers and geographical areas.
  • New career assessment tools are included to help students realize their compatibility with various careers in the criminal justice field.
  • Expanded coverage of information in critical areas such as private prisons, careers in the judiciary, and resume building ensure students are receiving a balanced introduction to criminal justice careers.

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
SECTION 1: PLANNING
 
Chapter 1: Know Yourself
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You  
Guest Speaker: Steve Palmer, FBI Special Agent  
Self-Assessments  
 
Chapter 2. Setting Realistic Goals
Set Realistic Goals  
Issues in Police Work  
Issues in the Judicial System  
Issues in Corrections  
Guest Speaker: Brian Cole, Director of Corrections  
The Realities of Working in Criminal Justice  
Change  
The Search for Happiness  
 
SECTION 2: PURSUING
 
Chapter 3. Law Enforcement
Local Law Enforcement  
Guest Speaker: Jan Strauss, Retired Police Chief  
Federal Law Enforcement  
Diversity in Law Enforcement  
Experience  
 
Chapter 4. Forensic Science
Crime Scene Technicians  
Forensic Scientist  
Medical Examiner  
Investigative Technician  
Criminalist  
Forensic Nurse Examiner  
Forensic Psychiatrist  
Forensic Interviewer  
Forensic Entomologist  
Diversity in Forensic Science  
 
Chapter 5. Victim Services
Domestic Violence Coalitions  
Police Departments  
Guest Speaker: Gina McAlister, Victim Services Specialist  
Courts and Prosecutors’ Offices  
Hospitals  
Other Victim Service Programs  
Diversity in Victim Services  
 
Chapter 6. Courts
Law School  
The Job Search  
Law Careers  
Careers that Do Not Require a Law Degree  
Diversity in Law Careers  
 
Chapter 7. Corrections
State Correctional Officer  
County Detention Officer  
City Jailer  
Guest Speaker: Julie Glover, Sergeant, San Diego Sheriff’s Department  
Parole and Probation Officers  
Juvenile Rehabilitation Specialist  
Home Detention Officer  
Probation Aide  
Parole Board Hearing Officer  
Private Prisons  
Diversity in Corrections  
 
Chapter 8. Private Security and Investigations
Security Officer  
Private Investigator  
Loss Prevention  
Armed Security Guard  
Diversity Issues in Private Security  
 
SECTION 3: PREPARING
 
Chapter 9. Volunteering and Internships
Law Enforcement  
Courts  
Corrections  
Diversity in Volunteering and Internships  
 
Chapter 10. Getting a Foot in the Door
Portfolios  
Guest Speaker: Colton Johnston, Attorney and Law Clerk  
Interview Preparation  
Firearms  
Physical Fitness  
Education and Grades  
The LSAT  
The Application Form  
Written Tests  
Psychological Tests  
 
Chapter 11. The Interview
Punctuality  
Appearance  
Body Language  
Introductions  
Sample Oral Board Questions  
Do’s and Don’ts  
A Personal Note to Minorities, Women, and LGBTQ Individuals  
A Note to Law Students  
 
Index

Supplements

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes content from the previous edition of the book, and some content may not be compatible with the new edition:

  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
  • Chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides that highlight essential content and  features from the book.

“This text is cover-to-cover great advice from someone who knows his way around the criminal justice job market.”

Kelley Christopher
University of West Georgia

“Engaging Writing Style: Personal touch—directed to reader”

Paul M. Lucko
Murray State University
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A new chapter titled “Volunteering and Internship” (Chapter 9) guides readers through the important process of early involvement in the field to create a more enticing resume.
  • Three new “Guest Speaker” profiles offer students new perspectives and practical advice on a variety of careers and geographical areas.
  • New career assessment tools are included to help students evaluate their compatibility with various careers in the criminal justice field.
  • Expanded information about critical areas such as private prisons, careers in the judiciary, and resume building ensures that students are receiving a balanced introduction to criminal justice careers.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Guest Speakers from various professions in criminal justice are featured in every chapter to offer information on their career path and advice for future practitioners.
  • The book is organized into three parts to help readers throughout the development of their careers: planning a realistic path, pursuing the dream career, and preparing for the hiring process. 
  • A personality/career test offers students the opportunity to discover what types of careers may be a good fit. 
  • An emphasis on diversity highlights the changing demographics in the field, as well as new opportunities for women and minorities.
  • Expert advice for job preparation and interviewing success helps students become more confident when applying for jobs.    
  • An in-depth tutorial on how to answer scenario-based questions provides insight into information rarely discussed in criminal justice courses.

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