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Criminal Justice Psychologist

Criminal justice psychologists work with offenders to assess and provide treatment to help them make changes in their lives and reduce the risk of reoffending. Although they mainly work with convicted criminals, they may also assess people undergoing prosecution, often to determine whether the person has diminished mental ability and whether they are competent to stand for trial.

When assessing someone, a criminal justice psychologist will look at that person’s actions, thoughts, reactions and intentions. They may be interested in analysing the reasons why an individual committed a crime. Essentially, a criminal justice psychologist aims to help rehabilitate offenders back into society and help ensure that they do not pose a threat to themselves or to others.