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Applicant from Azerbaijan, Criminal Justice

My family is originally from Azerbaijan and I am a near-native speaker of Russian. While I was still a small child when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War continues to color my existence, intellectual interests, and professional aspirations. My family and I, my husband and now our children, all of us are permanent immigrants to the USA and the USA will always be our home. Nevertheless, on both professional and personal levels of identity, I stay informed about where we came from: not only Azerbaijan, but especially Russia and Russian/American relations – in fact, anything having to do with the former USSR. I am fluent not only in Russian and English, but also Turkish and Azeri. I hope to put my language skills to good use in the future, at the service of keeping America safe and strong. My ideal professional position would be working for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). I plan to strengthen my application to this organization primarily by earning a graduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of XXXX at XXXX.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of XXXX and I feel strongly that this is the right time for me to go to graduate school and prepare myself for my maximum professional and intellectual contribution to our world, our story, the quest for justice and security on our troubled planet. My husband is attending the U of X at XXXX and if accepted to your distinguished Master’s Program in Criminal Justice, I would be able to commute alongside him. I am very excited about your new CRJ Program beginning this fall and I hope very much to be selected.

It would be a special honor for me to study under and be guided by Dr. XXXX. I especially admire her work with respect to the psychology of adolescence because I see this area as particularly important to understanding the challenges of criminal justice and public safety, working to keep young people out of the criminal justice system, and how to best deal with them once they are in there; and I see this as true on both domestic and international levels. One need only look at the ages of the terrorists who killed more than a hundred people in a nightclub in France a year ago, or 13 at the heart of Barcelona last week: they were young people barely out of adolescence.

Speaking on the telephone with your department, I am most grateful to Dr. XXXX as well who encouraged me to hurry and submit my application. I also keenly look forward to learning from him as much as I can about individual rights in the international arena as they relate to constitutional law. I have several friends who are CRJ majors at U of X and they all rave about Dr. XXXX’s lectures.

I am generally secular but from a Muslim family, and I understand Islamic thinking. I also stay up to date in my reading about events in the Middle East as well as the former Soviet Union, as much as I can, especially since Russia intervened in Syria. My family moved to the USA from Azerbaijan when I was 13. I have visited Russia with my parents and I have also been to Canada with my husband. I am not only orally fluent in Azeri, Russian and Turkish but I speak and write all three languages quite well. Thus, I see my language ability as perhaps my greatest professional asset and, along with my graduate training, it is my hope that it might attract the interest of the CIA and I might be given an opportunity to work for this agency.

I am passionate about individual rights, inmate rehabilitation, and against capital punishment as an unnecessary evil. Thus, I might not seem to be the ideal candidate for a position with the CIA; but, in the long term, my wildest dream is to have a humanizing influence over this organization, helping to make it accountable in terms of respect for human rights, to the extent to which this is possible in an extremely conflictive world in which the US remains the top player.

My application to the University of XXXX is simple, I seek to better myself and be a good example to my children. Completing your program will also help me to make my very best contribution to society and make the whole world a safer and perhaps more just place. As a result of earning my Master’s in Dearborn, I look forward to continuing on at some point and earning the PHD. I am a child of the Cold War and I know a great deal about Russia in particular. I have studied Russia's geography, history, and politics virtually my entire life. I think that I could be a great asset to the CIA. In fact, a CIA recruiter has already encouraged me to apply for the position of Intelligence Collection Analyst. I think it would be wise, however, to wait to apply until I am armed with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of XXXX.

I thank you for considering my application.

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MPA, College of Criminal Justice, Public Policy, Human Rights of Juveniles

The Master of Public Administration Program at the XXXX College of Criminal Justice is my first choice for graduate school.  I look forward to lively and creative discussions in the area of Public Policy as well as administration, everything having to do with youth crime and delinquency control in particular, is my intellectual and moral passion.  I hope to develop a special focus and a lifelong commitment to the full rehabilitation of juvenile offenders, serving with a Criminal Justice Agency.  First and foremost, I hope to graduate from John Jay College as a top-notch administrator of social programs intended to uplift and protect the human rights of juveniles.  My focus is on rehabilitation and I look forward to a long professional lifetime helping young people that are or have been incarcerated to become productive members of our society.

I am a very capable and hard-working student and your MPA Program at XXXX will prepare me to become a successful leader, entrepreneur, inspiring and enabling me to make my fullest contribution in the future to the protection and empowerment of at-risk young people.  I really enjoyed being at John Jay College during my undergraduate studies.  The professors are especially well trained and experienced and present cutting-edge material from interdisciplinary perspectives, employing cutting-edge teaching and research methods that bring learning to life.  I appreciate the flexibility of your program and hope to finish within 2 years.  You will give me the tools that I need to succeed.

My central long-term goal is to start my own non-profit counseling center for juveniles in trouble, offering activities, counseling and mentoring for juvenile delinquents and at-risk high school students, mentoring and assisting young delinquent members of minority groups in particular to recognize their potential and show them how it might be fulfilled.  I'm for rehabilitation not incarceration.

Since the Master of Public Administration Program prepares students for careers in public and independent organizations as managers, analyst, and leaders, I see your program as the perfect place for me to grow as an Administrator/ Counselor.  I look forward to giving my all to the full-time study of Juvenile Delinquency, Public Administration, Ethics, Integrity and Accountability, and Program Development and Evaluation. Earning the MPA at XXXX, I will be able to attain my own goals at the same time that I help others attain theirs.

It has always been my intention to make a difference rather than merely make a living.  Since January of 2014, I have served as Administrative Executive Coordinator at the Graduate Center, providing support to campus and university executives.  My previous title at Brooklyn College was Office Assistant, Level III.  I do not feel that I am making a difference that I had intended with my life and now seek a new path which will lead me to making a direct and beneficial impact on the lives of those who deserve a second chance, serving as a guide to help them find their own path forward in life for their good and the good of society as a whole.  I keenly look forward to soon being enrolled in your MPA Program at John Jay so that each day that passes, I will learn how to give more to my organization.

I thank you for considering my application to the Master of Public Administration at XXXX College.

Master of Criminology University of Melbourne

Heroines of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Check out lists of famous and interesting criminologists online, and you’ll find lists of men, men and more men. And a few women, here and there. But naturally, of course, some of the women are a lot more interesting!

Jane Addams

Jane Addams was born into a prosperous family. She became interested in the plights of the less fortunate, and, uninterested in marriage, did not wish to pursue the expected path of someone born to her station.

So she decided to become an activist and a lecturer instead. She was interested in studying the causes of crime. She believed that poverty and society contributed to crime so she encouraged studies of the underlying causes of crime.

In an effort to prevent it, she helped found the U.S. Settlement House Movement, believing that economic security could help battle crime through tacking its origins.

Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the second woman to receive this prestigious award.

Barbara Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger

Barbara Wootton (1897 – 1988) was a British sociologist and criminologist. She was one of the first four life peers appointed under the Life Peerages Act 1958 and became President of the British Sociological Association in 1959. She was President until 1964.

Barbara Wootton was born Barbara Adam, in Cambridge, UK. She was the daughter of the classicist James Adam (1860–1907) and Adele Marion. She was educated at the Perse School for Girls and later studied Classics and Economics at Girton College, Cambridge from 1915 to 1919.

In 1917, she married John (Jack) Wootton, but he was wounded during World War I and died weeks after their marriage. Next, she married George Wright in 1934, who died in 1964.

In 1948, Wootten became a Professor at Bedford College of the University of London. In 1952, she received a Nuffield Foundation Research Fellowship and wrote several books on economic and sociological subjects, including Lament for Economics (1938), End Social Inequality (1941), Freedom Under Planning (1945), Social Science and Social Pathology (1959), Crime and the Criminal Law (1964) and Incomes Policy (1974).

In Crime and the Criminal Law, she controversially advocated that all crimes ought to be crimes of strict liability (see Elliott, C. & Quinn, F. 2010. Criminal Law. 8th ed. Essex: Pearson Education Ltd): in other words, it was her contention that mens rea – the 'guilty mind' – should not be taken into account. If it were to go ahead, it would remove the burden from the prosecution of proving intent or recklessness.

In 1968, Wootten was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath. In 1969, she was made an Honorary Fellow of Girton College, and in 1977, she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH).

In 1985, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and just prior to that, she was chosen as one of six women for the BBC 2 series 'Women of Our Century'.

Ethically, Wootten was a supporter of utilitarianism: she supported an "Incurable Patients Bill" in the 1970s, which would have allowed doctor-assisted suicide. Her views on abortion were pro-life. Unfortunately, they led her to be removed from her position as Vice-President of the British Humanist Association.

She was created a Life Peer in 1958, with the title Baroness Wootton of Abinger, of Abinger Common in the County of Surrey, on the advice of Harold Macmillan and was thereby one of the first women ever to sit in the House of Lords, and sit on the Woolsack as a Deputy Speaker. She sadly died in a nursing home in Surrey in 1988 aged 91.

Eleanor Touroff Glueck 

Eleanor Touroff Glueck (1898–1972) was an American social worker and criminologist. She and her husband, Sheldon Glueck, collaborated extensively on research related to juvenile delinquency. They developed the "Social Prediction Tables" model for predicting the likelihood of delinquent behavior in youth. They were the first criminologists to perform studies of chronic juvenile offenders and were among the first to examine the effects of psychopathy among more serious delinquents.

Glueck was born Leonia Touroff in Brooklyn, New York, the only daughter of Russian immigrant Bernard Leo and Polish immigrant Anna Wodzislawska. Upon graduating from Hunter College High School in 1916, she majored in English at Barnard College and was awarded her B.A in 1920.

She then entered the New York School of Social Work. Here, she met the psychologist Bernard Glueck, Sr., a forensic psychiatrist at Sing Sing Prison, specializing in social work and criminology.

She also later met Bernard's brother Sheldon Glueck, who helped her become head social worker at the Dorchester Community Center of Boston from 1921 to 1922. She married Sheldon Glueck in 1922.

That year, Glueck began her graduate school studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was awarded a M.Ed. in 1923 and an Ed.D. in 1925. Her thesis was on The Community Use of Schools.

Their only child, Anitra Joyce (1924-1956), was a poet. Glueck worked at the Harvard Law School as a research assistant from 1928 to 1953, while her husband was a professor there.

Eleanor and her husband embarked upon an internationally recognized partnership in criminology that would last the remainder of their lives. They collaborated on more than 250 publications, including Five Hundred Criminal Careers (1930), Five Hundred Delinquent Women (1934) and One Thousand Juvenile Delinquents (1934).

For the juvenile delinquents, they made attempts to predict criminality using statistics, followed by the likelihood of rehabilitation upon release. Their studies showed that psychopathy was 20 times more common among juvenile delinquents, and in 1940, they began a ten-year longitudinal study that was published as Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency (1950).

This resulted in the Gluecks' "Social Prediction Tables", which predicted the likelihood of juvenile delinquency based upon parameters from when the youths were six years old.

In 1953, Eleanor Glueck became a research associate at a Harvard Law School Research Project, which was investigating the causes, treatment and prevention of juvenile delinquency.

In 1947, the United Prison Association of Massachusetts awarded her its Parsons Memorial Award and although Glueck never received a tenured appointment with the faculty, both Eleanor and Sheldon Glueck were awarded honorary Sc.D. from Harvard in 1958.

Eleanor was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1960. In 1969, Glueck was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Barnard College. She also became a fellow with the International Society of Criminologists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The couple retired during the 1960s and Glueck accidentally drowned in a bathtub at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of 74.

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