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Shifting Public View on Mandatory Sentences: Cocaine versus Crack Debate

Shifting Public View on Mandatory Sentences: Cocaine versus Crack Debate

By Vicky Bufano, faculty member, Legal Studies at American Public University

The Federal Sentencing Guidelines were established by the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) to create structure in sentencing and ensure punishments were more equally applied. These guidelines also included more severe penalties for white-collar crimes and repeat violent offenders.

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How First Responders Should Prepare for an Unintended School Absence

By Craig Gilman, faculty member with American Military University

Sometimes…life happens. It doesn’t matter how well or how far in advance you plan, some things simply cannot be anticipated. While this is true for anyone, it is especially true for those in the military, law enforcement, fire service and other public safety fields.

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Why Sunil Dutta’s Position on Police Authority and Respect Needs to Be Reconsidered

Why Sunil Dutta’s Position on Police Authority and Respect Needs to Be Reconsidered

By Dr. Vincent Giordano, program director, criminal justice at American Public University

Recently Sunil Dutta, a professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University who spent 17 years as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, published an opinion piece in The Washington Post titled: I’m a cop.

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The Crime Scene: Tips for How First Responders Can Help Preserve Key Evidence

By Dena Weiss, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

First responders to crime scenes are a crucial part of any criminal investigation. The first officer at the scene has many responsibilities including:

  • Establishing the perimeter of the crime scene
  • Determining where the suspect(s) entered and exited
  • Keeping unauthorized people out of the crime scene

The first officer at the scene walks a fine line regarding their actions at a crime scene.

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Puppycide: Public Perception of Police Lethal Force on Domestic Animals

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Incidents of dogs being shot and killed by law enforcement officers continue to make national headlines. There’s even a term for it, “puppycide,” a term coined by investigative journalist Radley Balko, who reports on the dramatic increase of cases involving police officers killing family dogs.

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Strong Community Relations Among the Lessons of Ferguson

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

As tension and violence continued to escalate this past weekend in Ferguson, Missouri, there remains intense scrutiny about the response by police. Some vocal critics, like Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, accuse the department of being heavy-handed by using tear gas and other crowd disbursement techniques on peaceful protestors.

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Legal Perspective: Men and Women Often Receive Disparate Sentences in Sex Cases

Legal Perspective: Men and Women Often Receive Disparate Sentences in Sex Cases

By Gary Minor, criminal justice faculty at American Military University

In cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct, males are often given harsher sentences than females in similar situations. Is this fair in the eyes of the law?

Some states even have laws that allow different punishments based on gender.

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