At a Glance:

Contact: Mortissa Harvey
Mortissa Harvey, Instructor, Criminal Justice
Phone: 404-225-4577
Campus: Main
Department: Business & Public Service Technologies Division
, Program Chair
Direct: (404) 225-4577


Criminal Justice Technology Specialist

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Technology Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit emphasizes a combination of criminal justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Completion of this technical certificate of credit may permit students to pursue entry level opportunities in any of the three components of the Criminal Justice System (Police, Courts, or Corrections). Completion of the Criminal Justice Technology Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia. Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Minimum Program Length: 2 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $3,600

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age
  • Completion of high school or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar
  • Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (18 hours)
Introduces the development and organization of the criminal justice system in the Untied States.  Topics: include the American criminal justice system; constitutional limitations;organization of enforcement, adjudication, and corrections; and career opportunities and requirements.
Provides an anlaysis of all phases of the American correctional system and practices, including its history, procedures, and objectives.  Topics include: history and evolution of correctional facilities; legal and administrative problems; institutional facilitites and procedures; probabtion, parole, and prerelease programs; alternative sentencing; rehabilitation; community involvement; and staffing.
This course examines the principles of the organization, administration, and duties of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  Topics include: history and philosphy of law enforcement, evaluation of administrative practices, problems in American law enforcement agencies, emerging concepts, professionalism, and community crime prevention programs.

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law.  The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes.  Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40-Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

This course emphasizes those provisions of the Bill of Rights which pertain to criminal justice.  Topics include: characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; principles governing the operation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.