Margaret Barraza

Adjunct Instructor


Administration of Justice

Academic and Employment History

I graduated from a local high school and proceeded to acquire simultaneously both an AA from Delta JC, and a Paralegal certificate from Humphrey's college. I continued my education at CSU Sacramento and earned a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. Throughout my entire college career, I worked full time which equated to homework on the weekend.

I retired after a 25-year career working for a local County initially for the Superior Court and then the Probation Department. I began my career while I attended night courses at CSU Sacramento and performed the duties of support staff for the Superior Court. Upon acquiring my degree, I transferred/promoted within said county to the Probation Department and promoted through the various ranks ultimately retiring as a Supervising Probation Officer. I had assignments in the field and court in both the Juvenile and Adult divisions.

Why Probation

Probation is like no other assignment in law enforcement. Some assignments in law enforcement focus on enforcement, while others focus on housing with rehabilitative aspects; but Probation does all of it. Probation addresses the law enforcement side, rehabilitative needs, and partnership with the court; for both juveniles and adults. Every day was unique, filled with challenges, successes, and goals for the next day.

You would be surprised to learn

My Uncle and John Matuszak (Oakland Raider) ate dinner with my family, afterwards I got to sit on Mr. Matuszak's shoulders as we walked to a nearby ice cream parlor. I never saw anyone eat as much ice cream as they did.

Favorite way to relax

With my dogs, I am the proud dog owner of a German Shepherd and a mini-Dachshund.

Favorite meal

Chicken Paprika (Hungarian food)

Bucket List

Take cooking classes in Spain and Italy.

My favorite quote

"Do or do not. There is no try."


Learn to show yourself compassion.

Office / TrAC / Department:
Social Science, Education and Public Service
Administration of Justice