Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Criminal Justice Colleges in Connecticut

There are a wide variety of programs available through universities offering criminal justice degrees. Below you will find a listing of schools by city as well as online criminal justice colleges that offer classes throughout Connecticut.

Connecticut is a prosperous and densely populated New England state rich in colonial history. Those living here enjoy its long, scenic coastline dotted with picturesque lighthouses and charming coastal towns. Another perk of Connecticut’s coastal location is a temperate climate, which keeps it warmer in the winter than some of its neighboring New England states. Adding to the state’s scenic glory is the rural beauty of the Litchfield Hills in the northwestern portion of the state. The rest of the state is heavily urban and suburban, with sprawling cities full of diversified industries. The unemployment rate as of August 2010 was 9.1 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Connecticut has a long history of higher education, and is home to more than 40 public and private colleges, universities, vocational schools and community colleges. Among them are the prestigious Yale University and the highly ranked University of Connecticut.

Even though Connecticut is a small state by land area, it is home to about 3.5 million people, something to think about when you are evaluating its crime statistics. The FBI’s 2009 Report on Crime in the United States revealed 10,508 cases of violent crime in Connecticut that year. Violent crime includes murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery. The rate of violent crime per 100,000 residents was 298.7, the report showed. There were 107 cases of murder and nonnegligent homicide in 2009, with the murder rate at 3 per 100,000 inhabitants. Murders in Connecticut were overwhelmingly concentrated in the major metropolitan areas. The Hartford Courant reported last year that Connecticut’s capital and third-largest city was ranked 24th on a listing of U.S. cities with the worst crime rates. Property crimes were the most common crime here with 2,335.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. The second most common crime was larceny-theft, with burglary coming in a distant third. In 2008, aggravated assault and robberies made up 92.4 percent of Connecticut’s violent crime.

Whether you’re interested in a degree in corrections, criminology, or any other bachelor’s or master’s justice degree, the search for finding the right criminal justice academy for you begins with requesting a free information packet from schools in your area by following the links below.

Online Colleges Offering Classes in CT

University of Phoenix Kaplan University Capella University

Norwalk Criminal Justice Campus Programs

University of Phoenix

Wilmington Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Strayer University Campus

Christiana Criminal Justice Campus Programs

Strayer University Campus

Interested in a criminal justice career in Connecticut? Take a look at some of the best crime-fighting jobs in the state.

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

National Employment: 13,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $42.13

National Mean Annual Wage: $87,620

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

National Employment: 8,110

National Mean Hourly Wage: $30.41

National Mean Annual Wage: $63,250

Connecticut Employment: 90

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $34.57

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $71,910

Bailiffs

National Employment: 17,140

National Mean Hourly Wage: $19.35

National Mean Annual Wage: $40,240

Correctional Officers and Jailers

National Employment: 455,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.49

National Mean Annual Wage: $42,610

Court Reporters

National Employment: 3,172,420

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.07

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,740

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

National Employment: 110,380

National Mean Hourly Wage: $31.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $65,860

Connecticut Employment: 1,080

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $34.98

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $72,750

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

National Employment: 45,540

National Mean Hourly Wage: $28.76

National Mean Annual Wage: $59,810

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives

National Employment: 99,900

National Mean Hourly Wage: $37.78

National Mean Annual Wage: $78,580

Connecticut Employment: 1,500

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $38.31

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $79,680

Fish and Game Wardens

National Employment: 7,530

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.42

National Mean Annual Wage: $54,950

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

National Employment: 26,350

National Mean Hourly Wage: $49.99

National Mean Annual Wage: $103,990

Connecticut Employment: 260

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: N/A

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: N/A

Law Clerks

National Employment: 32,630

National Mean Hourly Wage: $20.17

National Mean Annual Wage: $41,960

Connecticut Employment: 240

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $29.14

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $60,600

Lawyers

National Employment: 556,790

National Mean Hourly Wage: $62.03

National Mean Annual Wage: $129,020

Connecticut Employment: 7,500

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $60.77

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $126,390

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

National Employment: 246,810

National Mean Hourly Wage: $24.08

National Mean Annual Wage: $50,080

Connecticut Employment: 4,590

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $24.45

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $50,850

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers

National Employment: 641,590

National Mean Hourly Wage: $26.53

National Mean Annual Wage: $55,180

Connecticut Employment: 7,520

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $28.78

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $59,860

Private Detectives and Investigators

National Employment: 31,250

National Mean Hourly Wage: $22.66

National Mean Annual Wage: $47,130

Connecticut Employment: 300

Connecticut Hourly Mean Wage: $21.57

Connecticut Annual Mean Wage: $44,860

Data Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes