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New Hampshire State Criminal Justice DegreesNew Hampshire is one of five states with the highest concentration of bailiffs in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Bailiffs ensure order and safety during legal proceedings. They may be responsible for guarding the jury during deliberation, escorting prisoners and protecting everyone within the courtroom.

In New Hampshire, quite often bailiffs are employed by Sheriff’s Offices and may be referred to as court security deputies. They may also have to provide safety and security in state hospitals and prisons. If a bailiff career interests you, check out the list of criminal justice schools in New Hampshire for information on law enforcement or similar degrees. Many Sheriff’s Offices prefer entry-level deputies to have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree and/or previous related experience.

In addition to bailiffs/court security deputies, New Hampshire offers other opportunities for criminal justice careers. These include police and sheriff’s patrol officers, paralegals, correctional officers and lawyers. To become qualified for any of these positions, you can complete a criminal justice degree in New Hampshire with a specialization in law enforcement, paralegal studies, corrections, legal studies or law. Notice that you often have the choice between online and campus programs to fit your current lifestyle.

New Hampshire Criminal Justice Career Outlook

Here are some examples of criminal justice careers in New Hampshire with a positive employment outlook. (The average number of job openings is provided by Projections Central):

You can complete a certificate program, Associate or Bachelors degree or other forms of higher education to become qualified for these growing professions. Check out the list of criminal justice schools in New Hampshire for online or campus programs related to each of these disciplines.

Top Criminal Justice Employers & Agencies

Three of the U.S. Coast Guards’ Atlantic Cutter Vessels are based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire: USCGC Tahoma, USCGC Reliance and USCGC Campbell. Joining the U.S. Coast Guard is an ideal launching pad to build a sustainable career within the Department of Homeland Security. As a reservist with the Coast Guard, you have time to pursue post secondary education either online or on campus. If you would like to start building your Homeland Security career, consider completing a criminal justice degree in New Hampshire specializing in counterterrorism, intelligence, information/cyber security, statistics, emergency management and other related programs. Some schools also offer homeland security degrees.

According to Career One Stop, one of the largest employers in New Hampshire is the State Prison for Men in Concord. With at least 600 personnel, the facility employs corrections officers, corrections counselors/case managers, recreational therapists among other positions. While corrections officers only require a high school diploma, New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections prefers candidates with previous law enforcement, security or corrections experience. An Associate’s degree in corrections, law enforcement, human services or another related discipline would also help you stand out from the pool of applicants. Check out the list of criminal justice schools in New Hampshire for relevant online or campus educational programs.

New Hampshire Criminal Justice & Legal Job Outlook & New Hampshire Criminal Justice Salary

Career Employment Growth through 2018 Current Average Salary
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers 13% $44,000-52,000
Correctional Officers and Jailers 14% $37,000 – 43,000
Bailiffs 9% $30,000 – 34,000
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 7% $64,000 – 72,000
Private Detectives and Investigators 22% $40,000 – 44,000
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 13% $42,000 – 47,000
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 14% $50,000 – 56,000
Security Guards 11% $25,000 – 30,000
Lawyers 2% $100,000 – 103,000+

Sources: Growth Projections ~ Salary Range

New Hampshire Crime Rate

According to the National Institute of Corrections, New Hampshire is among the five states with the lowest crime rate in the country. Its overall crime rate is approximately 27% lower than the country’s average: its property crime rate is 23% lower and its violent crime rate is 54% lower.

In 2010, the FBI reported approximately 2,186 property crimes/100,000 people and 167 violent crimes/100,000 people in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire's Correctional System Stats

Facility Number of Facilities/Offices Number of Inmates
Jails 10 2,036
Prisons 4 3,063
Probation/Parole 11 6,329


Article By Michelle Brunet