Picking up where Exploring and Understanding Careers in Criminal Justice, left off, Matthew J. Sheridan and Thomas J. Lalka provide an updated guide for the novice and professional alike. The chapters are crafted to provide essential information to guide the job seeker from entrance into the profession, through career development, occupational refocus, professional options, to retirement preparation. Taking into consideration the effects of the pandemic, current social unrest, and recent tragedies, the authors examine how the “new normal” will bring change and opportunities throughout criminal justice careers. With an emphasis on planning, personal development, and preparation this book outlines career paths that can provide rewards for satisfaction during and after careers.
On top of invaluable information on a variety of specific careers, this book also includes sixteen appendices that cover successful job hunting, internships, a guide to interview questions, a document portfolio checklist, paying for college, and profiles of 18 professionals in criminal justice field from a parole officer to a correctional architect.
This is an excellent resource for students, faculty, advisors, and classroom instruction for guidance into a successful criminal justice career that will be loved, from first employment to retirement.
Matthew J. Sheridan, Ed.D. More than 30 years in New Jersey Departments of Corrections, Human Services, and Law and Public Safety. He is a professor at Rutgers and Georgian Court universities. Sheridan is the Director of criminal justice internships at GCU. He is the author of numerous articles and the co-author of Exploring and Understanding Careers in Criminal Justice and the Historical Dictionary of American Criminal Justice.
Thomas J. Lalka DBA, MBA. A Kroger Corporation executive, Board member for the Universal Pricing Code Council, Director of academics in the US and faculty development coordinator in Japan for the Graduate Business/Management and Education Military Programs Asia Pacific. Currently, he is a professor of Business with Missouri Western State University.
Foreword by Judith A. Waters
Preface: Covid-19 and Criminal Justice
List of Acronyms
Introduction: Why Another Book on Criminal Justice Careers?
Chapter 1: Exploring Careers in Criminal Justice
Chapter 2: Careers in Law Enforcement
Chapter 3: Careers in Corrections
Chapter 4: The Courts, Its Actors, and Its Functions
Chapter 5: The Federal Government
Chapter 6: Internships, Volunteering, Externships, and Part-Time
Chapter 7: Getting the Job, Entering the Field, and Career
Chapter 8: Criminal Justice Ethics
Chapter 9: Career Transitions in Criminal Justice
Chapter 10: Privatized Criminal Justice (Careers in the Private
Appendix A: Directory of Profiles in Criminal Justice
Appendix B: Interest, Inquiry, and Cover Letters
Appendix C: A Guide to Interview Questions
Appendix D: Sample Résumé and CV
Appendix E: The Career Fair Plan
Appendix F: The Benefits and Downsides of Online Courses
Appendix G: Document Portfolio Checklist
Appendix H: Civil Service Examinations
Appendix I: U.S. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies and Websites
Appendix J: Important Websites
Appendix K: Criminal Justice Jobs
Appendix L: Private and Nonprofit Agencies and Professional
Appendix M: Vermont Police Academy Basic Training and Physical
Appendix N: Paying for College
Appendix O: Criminal Justice and Trade Publications
Appendix P: Codes of Ethics
Bibliography and Suggested Readings
About the Authors
Every aspect of the criminal justice system is undergoing fundamental rethinking. As public policymakers and administrators in the criminal justice system respond to the issue of crime in all its complexity, the need to employ quality staff is critical. Contemporary Criminal Justice Careers: A Comprehensive Guide provides helpful advice and guidance for those interested in careers such as policing, adjudication, sentencing, imprisonment, and community corrections. It is a “must-have” book for those interested in career opportunities and for those currently employed or retiring from the system.
Contemporary Criminal Justice Careers: A Comprehensive Guide is a cornucopia of information for those with an interest, or even just a potential interest, in a career in criminal justice. In lively, accessible prose it covers a wide range of issues, from how to prepare for a job interview with the police, to the difference between parole officers and probation officers, to an overview of basic ethical issues that arise in the field. It even includes advice on how to think about changing career paths. Updated for the post-Covid world, this is book is a great resource for those who advise or seek advice about the field of criminal justice.
This book provides a bridge from college to professional careers in the criminal justice field. It is an important tool to help the reader plan and prepare to attain employment and advancement in an extremely competitive and demanding field. It can also be used by college advisors and career management personnel.
Clearly one the most comprehensive and up to date books written on the topic of criminal justice careers written and published to date. Building upon the original, updated, and now revised book on this subject Professors Sheridan and Lalka take into account recent changes the COVID-19, Black Lives Matters, and pressures for law enforcement and correctional reform have had on the field of criminal justice for both current criminal justice practitioners and those considering working in the field.