The criminal justice system is the set of agencies and processes established by governments to serve the public, control crime, and impose penalties on those who violate laws. There is no single criminal justice system in the United States but rather many similar, individual systems. How the criminal justice system works in each area depends on the jurisdiction that is in charge: city, county, state, federal or tribal government or military installation. Different jurisdictions have different laws, agencies, and ways of managing criminal justice processes.
What's the difference between criminal justice and criminology?
Criminology is the study of crime, and its causes, costs and consequences, criminal justice is the system in which crimes and criminals are detected, detained, tried and punished. Most often associated with law enforcement alone, people who study criminal justice actually look at all of the different components and inner workings of the system.
An associate's degree can prepare you for continuing on to your bachelor degree or for entry level positions in local law enforcement, court system personnel, private security, federal or state government, and other related industries.
Common entry level job titles:
Patrol Officer; Correction Officer; Probation Paraprofessional; Court Staff; Municipal Police Officer
NOTE: A criminal history/background check is required for this profession. Often credit checks are as well. And don't discount your social media presence as well.