Learn what criminologists do by visiting some of the professional associations they have formed. The American Society of Criminology (www.asc41.com) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (www.acjs.org)—each with over 2,000 members—are among the oldest and most established of such organizations and are easily accessible via the Internet. Regional associations include the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (www.neacjs.org), the Southern Criminal Justice Association (www.scja.net), and the Western Society of Criminology (www.sonoma.edu/cja/wsc/wscmain. html). Many state organizations exist as well, and most can be found on the Internet.
You might also want to visit some forensic Web sites, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (www.aafs.org), the American College of Forensic Examiners (www.acfe.com), and the British Forensic Science Society (www.forensic-science-society.org.uk). Hundreds of other criminology-related professional associations can be found by searching The Prentice Hall Crime and Justice Cybrary (www.cybrary.info), using search terms like association, academy, society, and so on. The Cybrary also contains an "Associations" category that you can use to speed your search.
If asked to do so by your instructor, visit the Web sites listed here and write a brief description of what each contains. Include in your descriptions the mission statement for each organization that you visit.
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