A universal highlight of a college education is the freedom for students to choose an area of study that captures their genuine interest. In the criminal justice field, passionate scholars conduct research on a broad variety of topics that encompass the history of criminal justice, functions of law enforcement, correctional practices and security.
As in any field of study, the education of a criminal justice student goes far beyond the classroom. Below are some blogs sure to appeal to students who want to learn more about, and someday work in, the criminal justice field.
The official website for the Department of Justice, created to defend the interests of the U.S. according to the law, frequently publishes blog posts on various justice-related topics affecting the country, such as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and address the needs of confined youth. The website also provides updates on workshops and training focused on topics such as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
It is maintained by a broad network of field experts who specialize in areas such as disaster response, terrorism research, border security, emergency preparation, military intelligence, cybersecurity, law enforcement and national security.
Bruce Schneier is the Chief Technology Officer at Co3 Systems, Inc. and an internationally recognized security technologist. In addition to authoring 12 books and hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers, he regularly posts to this blog. More than 250,000 people read “Schneier on Security,” through which he shares his thoughts on security-related topics such as NSA undercover operatives, surveillance in schools, and computer fraud.
In November 1998, veteran journalists J.J. Maloney and J. Patrick O’Connor launched Crime Magazine to cover all aspects of true crime. Their blog includes posts on a broad range of topics such as organized crime, serial killers, capital punishment, prisons, government corruption, justice issues, historical and celebrity crime, and crime-related films and books. More than 80 professional freelance writers have contributed their work to the website.
Discover Policing aims to provide career advice, personal perspectives and insightful information about careers in law enforcement. Recent blog posts have focused on topics such as common myths about criminal justice, law enforcement job interviews, and popular criminal justice careers. The site also regularly publishes “Career Center Updates,” each of which is an extensive list of available opportunities in law enforcement.
The Crime Museum, which opened in Washington, DC in 2008, aims to provide visitors with insight into the history of crime in the United States. The museum offers exhibits and information on crime and its consequences, forensic science, law enforcement, and crime scene investigation. Its blog provides educational information on crime-related topics such as serial killers and attending court.