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As part of our effort to provide our visitors with helpful information on criminal justice degree and career paths, we’re interviewing experienced criminal justice professionals in a variety of fields.

CriminalJusticePrograms.com speaks with Dr. Adam Lankford, professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama. His research focus is on counterterrorism, especially issues of terrorist indoctrination and recruitment.
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Adam Lankford

CriminalJusticePrograms.com interviews Sean R. Ryan, Chief of Probation for Bucks County, PA. Sean has had more than 35 years of experience working in parole and probation. He studied social psychology as an undergraduate and earned a master’s degree in education/social restoration. Below Sean talks about a career in probation and what he sees for the future of the field.
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Sean Ryan

CriminalJusticePrograms.com interviewed Lee Lofland, former police investigator and author of Police Procedure and Investigation. His career in law enforcement has included a variety of roles from a corrections officer to a police detective, and he has solved cases involving homicide, robbery, murder-for-hire and more.
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Lee Lofland

CriminalJusticePrograms.com interviewed Michael Welner, M.D., founder and chairman of The Forensic Panel. He is a leading forensic psychiatrist who has consulted and provided testimony on a number of high-profile cases, including the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.
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Michael Welner

CriminalJusticePrograms.com spoke with Keith J. Jones, owner and senior partner with Jones Dykstra and Associates (JD&A), a firm specializing in digital forensics, electronic discover and computer security. JD&A covers legal, corporate and government projects. In addition to his work at the firm, Jones is also the author of Real Digital Forensics: Computer Security and Incident Response and The Anti-Hacker Toolkit.
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Keith Jones

CriminalJusticePrograms.com spoke with law enforcement legal advisor, Karen Kruger of Funk & Bolton. Kruger has worked as a prosecutor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Fresno, California. In Maryland, she joined the Attorney General’s office and was later appointed as the legal advisor for the transportation authority police. Kruger is now a board member on the legal officers’ section of the International Association of Police Chiefs.
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Karen Kruger

CriminalJusticePrograms.com recently spoke with Robert E. Mongue, an assistant professor in the legal studies department at the University of Mississippi. Robert E. Mongue specializes in paralegal research and runs TheEmpoweredParalegal.com, a blog for and about the paralegal profession. His books include "The Empowered Paralegal: Effective, Efficient and Professional" (which spawned the blog).
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Robert Mongue

CriminalJusticePrograms.com interviewed Chuck McLaughlin, president of McLaughlin Investigative Group and a board member as well as Ambassador of the World Association of Detectives (W.A.D.), the oldest private investigation and security association in the world. He shared his thoughts on what it takes to be successful in the career.
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Chuck McLaughlin

CriminalJusticePrograms.com spoke with Dr. Thomas Young, forensic pathologist and owner of Heartland Forensic Pathology, LLC. He is the former Jackson County Medical Examiner and was the chief death investigator for metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. He has testified in court more than 385 times.
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Thomas Young

CriminalJusticePrograms.com recently spoke with Chief David Hiller, the Director of Public Safety for Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan and the National Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest professional police organization.
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David Hiller

CriminalJusticePrograms.com recently spoke with Rita Alli, President of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and Director of Business and Professional Development for Stoel Rives, LLP, an 11-office firm based in Seattle, Washington.
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Rita Alli

CriminalJusticePrograms.com recently spoke with Justin R. Corbett, executive director of the National Association for Community Mediation, Associate Professor of Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Indiana University, founder of Indyspute Resolution and Dialogue Center, and the former project manager for the Indiana Supreme Court’s Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program.
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Justin Corbett

CriminalJusticePrograms.com recently spoke with Ronald L. Singer, the technical and administrative director of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, Chair of the Forensic Sciences Foundation, and former president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association of Forensic Sciences.
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Ronald Singer