- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The state of Missouri currently employs 9,536 correctional officers to maintain order with 31,537 incarcerated inmates throughout 20 state facilities such as the Southeast Correctional Center, and the Western Missouri Correctional Center, and with prisoners awaiting sentencing in county jails like Jackson County Detention Center and Lawrence County Detention Center. Missouri does not have a federal penitentiary. The State Department of Corrections mandates that offenders should be released with the tools and skillsets to become productive members of society in order to lessen the chance that they will be a threat to public safety through re-offending. The state of Missouri was chosen as a demonstration site for the Transition from Prison to Community Model - a leader in the field of corrections. As the correctional officer role evolves in order to meet prisoner need and stop recidivism, BLS.gov predicts a stable growth of 5% in the state between now and 2022. That statistic will allow for the creation of 119 new jobs, as well as recruitment for additional jobs as senior officers retire or are promoted.