All too often, I see questions from people asking, "what's
the difference between criminal justice and criminology?" Sometimes
it's from job seekers, sometimes it's from people trying to decide
on a college major, and sometimes it's just from the curious
minded. Whatever the source, it's easy to get confused because the
difference are subtle but distinct.
- Learn more about environmental criminology
- Learn more about community-oriented policing
- Learn more about predicative policing
Essentially, criminal justice is the application of criminology. Whereas criminology is the study of crime, criminal justice describes the societal response to crime. The criminal justice system is comprised of multiple components that enforce laws, investigate crimes, try and punish criminals and rehabilitate those convicted.
Tell me what you want to know more about. Take the Criminology Careers Poll
Sign up for my free criminology careers newsletter