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.
Bachelor Degree options in Maine
The listings below are only suggestions and are subject to change. It is always best to check directly with the college for the most current information. [last update: Dec 13]
Psychology
Sociology
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Government & Legal Studies
Psychology
Sociology
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American Studies
Government
Psychology
Sociology
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Criminal Justice *articulation agreement info
Forensic Science (Bangor only)
Legal Studies/Pre-Law (Bangor only)
Paralegal Studies
Psychology (Bangor only)
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Criminal Justice *articulation agreement info
Fire and Emergency Management
Legal Studies
Paralegal Studies
Psychology
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Criminal Justice
General Studies, Criminal Justice specialization (online) *articulation agreement info
General Studies, Psychology specialization (online)  
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
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Justice Studies: Crime & Criminology (hybrid)
Justice Studies: Law & Legal Process (hybrid)
Justice Studies: Policing & Law Enforcement (hybrid) 
Justice Studies: Terrorism & Homeland Security (hybrid) 
Psychology: Forensic Psychology (hybrid)
Public Administration (hybrid)
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Criminal Justice *articulation agreement info
Criminal Justice Administration
Forensic Psychology
Political Science
Psychology
Security and Cyber-Defense
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Conservation Law Enforcement *articulation agreement info
Environmental Policy, Law, and Society
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International Affairs: Political Science
Pre-Law
Psychology
Sociology
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Justice Studies (campus or online)
Social Sciences
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Political Science
Pre-Law
Psychology
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Environmental Studies: Game Warden/Park Ranger
Rural Public Safety Administration (campus or online) *articulation agreement info
Social Science
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Psychology and Community Studies
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Psychology (campus or online)
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Applied Social & Cultural Studies: Law, Crime and Society
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
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Criminology
Political Science
Psychology
Social Science
Sociology
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For additional programs and those outside of Maine
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