- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The Nevada Department of Corrections is divided into three types of state facilities depending on the needs and offences of the incarcerated offenders. Inmates can be placed in various jurisdictions in order to best serve the needs of inmates, employees, and communities throughout the state. State correctional facilities like Ely State Prison, Florence McClure Women's Correctional Center, and High Desert State Prison have more secure facilities for violent or long-term offenders. Conservation Camps like Carlin Conservation Camp, Ely Conservation Camp or Three Lakes Valley Boot Camp, are less restrictive; offenders live dormitory style. Restitution Centers like the Northern Nevada Restitution Center have a more holistic approach to justice. Transitional housing such as the Casa Grande Transitional Housing also exists for inmates who are transitioning back to life in their community. Currently, Nevada has 13,056 inmates incarcerated throughout the state. Because of the burgeoning population with diverse needs, state economists forecast that the demand for qualified personnel will continue to rise b 5% over the next decade to reach 2,799 officers. As such, the state Department of Correction is recruiting men and women for front line correctional officer positions. Those persons interested in applying must meet the department's hiring criteria, and be prepared for intensive on-the-job training. Read further on this page about how correctional officers can make a difference in the lives of offenders and local communities.