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2023 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

870 Colleges in the United States
113,121 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded
$35,465 Avg Early-Career Salary
Criminal Justice & Corrections is of the hottest degree programs in the United States, coming in as the #7 most popular major in the country. This makes choosing the right school a hard decision.

College Factual reviewed 870 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of criminal justice and corrections. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 113,121 degrees in criminal justice and corrections during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Criminal Justice & Corrections School

Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools The criminal justice program you select can have a big impact on your future. That's why we developed our collection of Best Schools for Criminal Justice & Corrections rankings. In order to come up with a best overall ranking for criminal justice and corrections schools, we combine our degree-level rankings, weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each level.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Pick Your Criminal Justice & Corrections Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

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Best Schools for Criminal Justice & Corrections in the United States

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the criminal justice degree levels they offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools in Criminal Justice

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
79 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in criminal justice and corrections needs to take a look at George Washington University. GWU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of #40 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means GWU is a great university overall.

There were about 79 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at GWU in the most recent data year. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from George Washington University earn $17,648 more than the typical criminal justice student.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type

University of Chicago is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a degree in criminal justice and corrections. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #7 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were approximately 23 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections major at University of Chicago get $64,219 more than the standard graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
912 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

American Public University System is a good option for students interested in a degree in criminal justice and corrections. Located in the fringe town of Charles Town, American Military University is a private for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #115 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means American Military University is a great university overall.

There were approximately 912 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at American Military University in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from American Public University System earn $13,402 more than the average criminal justice graduate.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
399 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

George Mason University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a degree in criminal justice and corrections. GMU is a very large public university located in the suburb of Fairfax. A Best Colleges rank of #133 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means GMU is a great university overall.

There were about 399 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at GMU in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections program at George Mason University make $12,726 more than the standard college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,554 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

UOPX - Arizona is a very large private for-profit university located in the large city of Tempe. A Best Colleges rank of #107 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means UOPX - Arizona is a great university overall.

There were roughly 1554 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UOPX - Arizona in the most recent data year. Criminal Justice & Corrections degree recipients from University of Phoenix - Arizona get an earnings boost of around $2,189 above the typical income of criminal justice and corrections graduates.

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#6

Boston University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
93 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of #41 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means Boston U is a great university overall.

There were approximately 93 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Boston U in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from Boston University receive $17,113 more than the standard criminal justice grad.

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#7

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
131 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

USD is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of San Diego. This university ranks 25th out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 131 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at USD in the most recent data year. Criminal Justice & Corrections degree recipients from University of San Diego receive an earnings boost of about $81,461 above the average income of criminal justice and corrections majors.

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#8

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
646 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the medium-sized city of Tallahassee, Florida State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #120 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Florida State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 646 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Florida State in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections major at Florida State University earn $2,770 above the average college grad in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#9

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, IN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
876 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Purdue University Global is a very large public university located in the small city of Indianapolis. This university ranks 12th out of 42 schools for overall quality in the state of Indiana.

There were about 876 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Purdue University Global in the most recent data year. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from Purdue University Global make $5,115 more than the typical criminal justice graduate.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,933 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of New York, John Jay is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 26th out of 143 schools for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were about 1933.0000000000002 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at John Jay in the most recent data year. Criminal Justice & Corrections degree recipients from John Jay College of Criminal Justice earn a boost of around $8,022 over the typical income of criminal justice and corrections majors.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
95 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Northeastern is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Boston. A Best Colleges rank of #81 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Northeastern is a great university overall.

There were about 95 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Northeastern in the most recent data year. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from Northeastern University receive $18,785 more than the typical criminal justice graduate.

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#13

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
67 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #96 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means TCU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 67 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at TCU in the most recent data year. Criminal Justice & Corrections degree recipients from Texas Christian University earn a boost of around $3,097 above the typical earnings of criminal justice and corrections graduates.

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#14

American University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
132 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington. A Best Colleges rank of #80 out of 2,241 schools nationwide means The American University is a great university overall.

There were approximately 132 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at The American University in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections program at American University make $10,433 above the average college graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
646 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

UCF is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Orlando. This university ranks 5th out of 77 schools for overall quality in the state of Florida.

There were roughly 646 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UCF in the most recent year we have data available. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections program at University of Central Florida make $2,907 above the typical graduate in this field shortly after graduation.

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#16

University of New Haven

West Haven, CT
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
410 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the suburb of West Haven, University of New Haven is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 8th out of 28 colleges for overall quality in the state of Connecticut.

There were roughly 410 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at University of New Haven in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections degree program at University of New Haven get $2,443 more than the typical college grad in this field shortly after graduation.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,031 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the distant town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 21st out of 116 colleges for overall quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 1031 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at SHSU in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from Sam Houston State University make $6,881 more than the average criminal justice student.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
373 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

UC is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Cincinnati. This university ranks 8th out of 96 schools for overall quality in the state of Ohio.

There were approximately 373 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UC in the most recent year we have data available. Criminal Justice & Corrections degree recipients from University of Cincinnati - Main Campus earn a boost of around $3,954 above the typical income of criminal justice and corrections majors.

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#19

Golden West College

Huntington Beach, CA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
170 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the large suburb of Huntington Beach, Golden West College is a public college with a fairly large student population. This college ranks 41st out of 170 colleges for overall quality in the state of California.

There were approximately 170 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Golden West College in the most recent year we have data available. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from Golden West College make $31,689 more than the average criminal justice grad.

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#20

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
180 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Colleges rank of #88 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means Michigan State is a great university overall.

There were roughly 180 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Michigan State in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections degree program at Michigan State University make $9,907 above the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
444 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 7th out of 26 colleges for overall quality in the state of Arizona.

There were roughly 444 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at ASU - Skysong in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections degree program at Arizona State University - Skysong earn $9,929 above the average college graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
105 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 17th out of 55 colleges for overall quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were about 105 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Minnesota State Mankato in the most recent data year. Those criminal justice and corrections students who get their degree from Minnesota State University - Mankato make $6,079 more than the typical criminal justice grad.

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#23

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,235 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

Located in the city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. This university ranks 13th out of 65 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 1235 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at Liberty University in the most recent data year. Criminal Justice & Corrections degree recipients from Liberty University receive an earnings boost of approximately $10,020 over the average income of criminal justice and corrections graduates.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
115 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

IU Bloomington is a fairly large public university located in the city of Bloomington. A Best Colleges rank of #58 out of 2,241 colleges nationwide means IU Bloomington is a great university overall.

There were about 115 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at IU Bloomington in the most recent year we have data available. After graduating, criminal justice degree recipients usually earn about $34,197 in the first five years of their career.

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Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
367 Criminal Justice Degrees Awarded

UMGC is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Adelphi. This university ranks 3rd out of 34 schools for overall quality in the state of Maryland.

There were approximately 367 criminal justice and corrections students who graduated with this degree at UMGC in the most recent data year. Degree recipients from the criminal justice and corrections major at University of Maryland Global Campus earn $28,410 more than the typical graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools

#31

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

#32

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

#35

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX
#39

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA
#40

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, CA

#44

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
#46

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This list represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 870 different United States criminal justice and corrections schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 University of Georgia Athens, GA
51 Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
52 Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH
53 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
54 Iowa State University Ames, IA
55 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
56 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
57 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
58 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
59 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
60 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
61 Century College White Bear Lake, MN
62 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
63 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX
64 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
65 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
66 Illinois State University Normal, IL
67 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
68 Valencia College Orlando, FL
69 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
70 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
71 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX
72 Excelsior College Albany, NY
73 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
74 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
75 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
76 Southwestern College Chula Vista, CA
77 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
78 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
79 Simpson College Indianola, IA
80 Norwich University Northfield, VT
81 Delaware Technical Community College - Terry Dover, DE
82 University of North Texas Denton, TX
83 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
84 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
85 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
86 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
87 Herzing University - Madison Madison, WI
88 Blinn College Brenham, TX
89 National University La Jolla, CA
90 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
91 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, OK
92 El Centro College Dallas, TX
93 East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA
94 Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley, CA
95 South Georgia Technical College Americus, GA
96 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
97 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
98 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
99 Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN
100 Middlesex County College Edison, NJ
101 Macomb Community College Warren, MI
102 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
103 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
104 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
105 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
106 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
107 Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI
108 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
109 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
110 Alexandria Technical & Community College Alexandria, MN
111 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY
112 DeSales University Center Valley, PA
113 Park University Parkville, MO
114 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
115 Ball State University Muncie, IN
116 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
117 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
118 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
119 Colorado State University - Global Campus Greenwood Village, CO
120 Capella University Minneapolis, MN
121 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
122 Lake Superior State University Sault Ste Marie, MI
123 Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, MI
124 Fox Valley Technical College Appleton, WI
125 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
126 Western Technical College La Crosse, WI
127 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
128 Columbia College Columbia, SC
129 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
130 California University of Pennsylvania California, PA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools award.

Rank College Location
131 Loras College Dubuque, IA
132 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
133 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, MO
134 McLennan Community College Waco, TX
135 Saint Ambrose University Davenport, IA
136 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
137 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
138 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
139 Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI
140 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
141 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
142 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
143 Boise State University Boise, ID
144 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
145 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
146 Portland State University Portland, OR
147 Radford University Radford, VA
148 Monroe College Bronx, NY
149 Waynesburg University Waynesburg, PA
150 Gannon University Erie, PA
151 Winona State University Winona, MN
152 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
153 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
154 California State University - San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
155 LIU Post Brookville, NY
156 Endicott College Beverly, MA
156 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
158 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
159 University of Phoenix - California Costa Mesa, CA
160 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
161 Madonna University Livonia, MI
162 Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids, WI
163 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
164 Central Christian College of Kansas McPherson, KS
165 Fresno City College Fresno, CA
166 University of North Florida Jacksonville, FL
167 Napa Valley College Napa, CA
168 Rio Salado College Tempe, AZ
169 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
170 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
171 Camden County College Blackwood, NJ
172 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
173 Monroe Community College Rochester, NY
174 Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore, WI

Criminal Justice & Corrections by Region

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Region
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Rocky Mountains
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Middle Atlantic
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Southwest
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Criminal Justice & Corrections is one of 4 different types of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting programs to choose from.

Criminal Justice Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Criminal Justice Studies 46,814
Criminal Justice 32,891
Criminal Justice & Police Science 22,722
Corrections 4,039
Other Corrections & Criminal Justice 3,675
Criminal Justice and Corrections, General 1,133
Securities Services Administration/Management 849
Security & Loss Prevention Services 475
Law Enforcement Investigation & Interviewing 227
Corrections Administration 165

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Majors Similar to Criminal Justice

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fire Protection 13,766
Homeland Security 7,140
Security Science and Technology 6,888
Other Homeland Security 1,695

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Removed schools reflect instances of new data identified post-publication that warrant removal of a school from this year’s ranking.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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