Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

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  • Why Criminal Justice
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  • Student Stories
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Why Should You Go Into Criminal Justice?

    Oregon law enforcement agencies are facing a growing need to replace large numbers of retiring officers. In addition, the prison industry and areas of law enforcement, such as crime analysis, are predicted to expand in the 21st century. Law enforcement agencies commonly seek candidates who have a minimum of a two-year degree, and many give preference to candidates with four-year degrees. Graduates of the Criminal Justice program can expect to find jobs as probation, law enforcement, and corrections officers. Most law enforcement jobs are in patrol, traffic, and investigation, while probation officers help offenders re-adjust to life in the community.

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon. For more information go to our Career Coach page.

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  • Learn What Former Students Think of Our Programs


    Neli Esparza

    Graduated, AAS degree, Criminal Justice, June 2016

    Neli became interested in the Criminal Justice program partly due to her own personal experience with the justice system. After job shadowing with a probation officer and a juvenile correction officer, she became sure of her career choice. "We got a lot of support, which was important," said Neli. "If we didn't understand something, the tutors worked with us one-on-one. They push you to do better and get it right. Criminal justice is something that I've been interested in for a while," said Neli. "When we first decided to go to college, [my sister and I] didn't know what we wanted to study. Doing a job shadow is a great way to learn about a career. After that, I knew for sure it was what I wanted to do."

    Fabi Esparza

    Graduated, AAS degree, Criminal Justice, June 2016

    Growing up, the Esparza sisters always did things as a team. Going to college was no exception. The two studied and worked together to earn their Criminal Justice degrees, graduating together in June 2016. They both believe that using the college resources is really important to be successful in college. In the Learning Center, they received help on assignments and free tutoring sessions for math homework. "I'm looking at my options," said Fabi. "I want to volunteer until I figure out what I really want to do. Volunteering is another good way to learn about a job before you make a decision."
  • Cooperative Work Experience

    The CWE program allows LBCC Criminal Justice majors to earn fully-transferable, lower-division criminal justice college credit for working as interns in relevant organizations. Any publicly-funded or private non-profit agency involved in law, law enforcement or corrections is eligible to host a CWE student. Some law firms and private, for-profit businesses may also qualify. Check with the Criminal Justice Department for further details.


Monica has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology, with a specialization in Mental Health Applications. She has worked in the mental health field in the past and now teaches as part of the part-time faculty for the Criminal Justice Department.
Monica Mckirdy
Eli, as he is known, is an adjunct faculty member for the Criminal Justice Department. Starting his academic career here at LBCC, he later completed his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Willamette University and is now a practicing trial attorney in Albany with one of Oregon's oldest law firms, Weatherford Thompson
Elijah Brown
After receiving his B.S. from Oregon State University in Sociology, Rob became an adult parole and probation officer. He then moved to Washington State University, where he received an M.A. in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology. For the past ten years, he has taught a variety of courses at many institutions.
Rob Griffin
Joe has 18 years of experience working in community corrections. Joe graduated from the University of Oregon in 1999 and was employed with the Oregon Youth Authority as a youth corrections officer (Group Life Coordinator) at Maclaren Youth Correction Facility in Woodburn. In 2002, Joe landed his dream job and became employed with the Linn County Juvenile Department as a Juvenile Probation Officer. In 2013, Joe began working as an Adult Parole and Probation Officer with the Oregon Department of Corrections. Joe's current duties include supervising a caseload of adult sex offenders. One of his biggest professional accomplishments has been coming back to LBCC to teach in the Criminal Justice Department.
Joe Krug
Rod Carter is a full-time faculty member and the department chair for the Criminal Justice Program. He earned his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science) and law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Oregon. He is a former trial lawyer with 13 years of trial experience.
Rod Carter
I have 32 years experience working in Oregon's juvenile justice system as a juvenile detention staff, probation officer, probation supervisor and juvenile department director. Currently, I am employed by Oregon Youth Authority, Salem, Oregon as a Program Director at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility.]
Thomas Johnson
I began my law enforcement career as a cadet with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 1980. Upon graduation from Roseburg Senior High School, I enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Policeman and served a two year enlistment in Europe. One of my proudest professional accomplishments has been my selection as a Part-Time Faculty Instructor at Linn-Benton Community College in April of 1997.
Steve Corder
Michael Spasaro