Welcome to Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, and sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. The criminal justice system consists of three main parts: (1) law enforcement (police); (2) adjudication (courts); and (3) corrections (jails, prisons, probation and parole). In a criminal justice system, these distinct agencies operate together both under the rule of law and as the principal means of maintaining the rule of law within society. And, Pierce’s criminal justice program is different than most in that it is transfer based program meaning that you as a student are not wasting your time and money taking a criminal justice course at Pierce.
Why study criminal justice?
Do you dream about becoming a lawyer or a social worker? Or perhaps serving your community as a police officer or sheriff? How about working as a probation or parole officer? Are you a CSI fan and you have always wanted to investigate a crime scene? Ever think about making an impact with troubled teens? These are just a few of the career options available to students interested in studying Criminal Justice.
Professor Kathy Oborn
Professor Kim Rich