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Michigan State Criminal Justice DegreesIn CQ Press’ 2010 State Crime Rankings Report, Michigan and Alaska showed the biggest improvements in crime reduction. Michigan has also lowered its prison population and repeat offenders’ rates. From 2007-2011, its recidivism (criminal relapse) rate decreased by 33%, according to Michigan’s Department of Corrections. These positive outcomes can be at least partially attributed to the state’s law enforcement and parole professionals. If you would like to contribute to lowering crime or better preparing inmates as they re-enter the community, search the list of criminal justice schools in Michigan for information on law enforcement, corrections, probations, human services, sociology, criminology or other related degrees. Notice that the colleges and universities offer a choice between campus and online programs so that you can select a course of study that fits your current lifestyle.

There are also three U.S. Secret Service field offices located in Michigan (Detroit, Grand Rapids and Saginaw). To be eligible to work at one of these locations, you might consider taking a criminal justice degree in Michigan with a specialization in counterterrorism or cyber security.

Michigan Criminal Justice Career Outlook

The following criminal justice careers in Michigan are just some of those that show a positive employment outlook. (The average number of new job openings per year is provided by Projections Central):

If you would like to start one of these growing careers, check out the list of online and campus criminal justice schools in Michigan for information on law enforcement, corrections, law, paralegal, forensic science, probations or other relevant degrees.

Top Criminal Justice Employers & Agencies

In addition to having three U.S. Secret Service field offices, Michigan boasts one of Homeland Security’s Special-Agent-in-Charge field offices in Detroit. To be a successful candidate applying to one of these top federal agencies, consider completing a criminal justice degree in Michigan with a specialty in counterterrorism, cyber security or homeland security.

Furthermore, divisions of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are located in Detroit. To become a DEA Agent or an ATF Agent, you can complete a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, homeland security or criminology at one of the criminal justice schools in Michigan.

Finally, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, the Detroit Police Department is the tenth largest in the country. In 2007, it employed over 3,400 personnel, including just over 3,000 sworn officers. A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in law enforcement, plus relevant experience, will help you stand out from the rest of the pack applying to the Detroit PD or other law enforcement agencies in Michigan.

Michigan Criminal Justice & Legal Job Outlook & Michigan Criminal Justice Salary

Career Employment Growth through 2018 Current Average Salary
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 4% $49,000-54,000
Court Reporters 6% $42,000-49,000
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 9% $76,000-81,000
First-line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 3% $70,000-74,000
Private Detectives and Investigators 13% $45,000-49,000
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 14% $48,000-51,000
Emergency Management Specialists 16% $56,000-61,000
Forensic Science Technicians 25% $60,000-66,000
Gaming Surveillance Officers and Gaming Investigators 15% $31,000-35,000
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 10% $51,000-58,000

Sources: Growth Projections ~ Salary Range

Michigan Crime Rate

Although Michigan’s amount of crime has reduced, its violent crime rate is still 34% higher than the national average, according to the National Institute of Corrections. Overall, its crime rate (including both property and violent crimes) is 10% lower compared to the rest of the country.

In 2010, the FBI reported the following statistics for Michigan’s violent crime rate:

Michigan's Correctional System Stats

Facility Number of Facilities/Offices Number of Inmates
Jails 93 18,164
Prisons 34 44,000
Probation/Parole 200+ 175,131


Article By Michelle Brunet