Criminal justice as a career path offers a wide array of positions and subspecialties, each supporting the goals of public safety and upholding the principles of government. This entry examines and delineates the roles of various criminal justice professionals in judicial, law enforcement, and correctional domains, highlighting auxiliary responsibilities and general knowledge, skill, and ability requirements for each role.

Judicial Domain

The judicial system comprises numerous positions within the criminal justice system, including judges, criminal prosecutors, correctional officers, and probation and parole officers. Integral to the criminal justice system is the tenet that justice is not only sought but fairly applied.

Judges are a crucial part of the system, often as one of the first individuals in the criminal justice system a person charged with a crime ...

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