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What jobs are available within a prison/jail with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice.

I’m currently working towards getting my Bachelors in Criminal Justice. I would like to work in a prison as a correctional case manager. I’m not going to lie, I’m not really sure how much a correctional case manager gets paid. I’ve seen anywhere from 30k-60k here in LA, California. I’m wondering if it’s worth it. Should I look for an other position with the prison? #criminal-justice #criminal-justice #criminology #correctional case manager

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David’s Answer

Hello Kimberly:

I am not sure the living cost or if the salary wage for LA as correctional case manager amount, but in PA the starting for a correctional case manager starts at $35k - $92k depend on experiences and years of work. I am as well a Criminal Justice/Legal Studies graduate but I am no longer working in the field. So it seem like you either like to work in a prison or are working in the prison setting. Have you consider doing probation officer, probation case manager, and etc. Even though, I am more toward the Forensic Science, Legal Studies like lawyer, paralegal and etc. versus the correctional side, it is mainly your interest as well as the area you prefer working in, I don't like prison setting so all I can recommend is that and as what I know the salary range are from state of PA.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! Kimberly
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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Kimberly, you should pursue a Bachelor's degree no matter what it is in. You have to find something you like or want to do...it's not about the money...30K to 60K is about average. Unless you go Federal...then you will find it pays more. But for a case manager...you fill find that the pay is about the same in most states and locations.

Where you live will determine the pay...if you live in a larger city/more heavily populated area...your cost of living will be higher but the pay may be the same. If you live in a smaller area/ less populated...then the money will go farther. Just depends.

Hope this helped. Best of luck.

Michelle
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Alexis’s Answer

I started in Corrections as a Counselor of Offender Rehabilitation with a B.A. and promoted to Senior Counselor, Boot Camp Coordinator, and Chief Counselor. Upon completion of an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice I was promoted to Deputy Warden of Care & Treatment, and then, Warden. I received 1,095 hours of training throughout my Corrections Career until retiring in 2012. There is also the Security entry as a Correctional Officer that provides promotional opportunities.
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