Criminal Justice: Corrections

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Program Overview

Supervising inmates and maintaining order within jails/prisons is an important and rewarding job. Carrington’s Criminal Justice: Corrections program – available at many of our California locations – prepares graduates to work as correctional officers and jailers, in addition to employment opportunities such as retail loss prevention specialists or security guards.1

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The mean annual wage for correctional officers and jailers in California was $75,400 in May 2018.2

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Correctional Officer/Jailers,
Security Guard3,
Retail Loss Prevention Specialist.

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As few as 16 months (Associate Degree)4

1. Applicants for jobs in the criminal justice field may be subject to pre-employment screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks, drug and/or alcohol testing, physical and/or psychological examinations and credit checks. Unsatisfactory screenings may disqualify an applicant for a position in the criminal justice field. Additional government-required training programs or years of relevant experience may be necessary to obtain employment in this field.

2. (visited July 2, 2019). The California mean annual wage in May 2018 for correctional officers and jailers may not represent entry-level pay.

3. Effective January 1, 2020, BSIS Exposed Firearms Permits may only be issued to applicants who are 21 years of age or older. (Individuals who do not meet the new age requirement will be allowed to participate in the Firearms Range Qualifications Training that does not apply to the Permit application, or be provided an alternate assignment. In either case students can return to re-take the Firearms Range Qualifications Training when they meet the age requirement at no additional cost.)

4. Not including breaks. Program length by weeks and admission requirements can be found here in the academic catalog.

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