On August 29, Mississippi will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the single greatest natural disaster ever experienced by the state. APU professor Juanita Graham writes about her experience seeing the devastation soon after Hurricane Katrina hit and again in a recent visit 10 years later. Graham writes about the challenges Mississippi continues to face when it comes to public health and how health professionals can prepare for the next disaster.
By Elizabeth Cook, faculty member, International Relations at American Public University
An estimated 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world in either the forced labor or sex trade (Bales, 2012). This is a truly disturbing statistic that fosters discourse about why it is wrong and must be stopped.
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.
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.
By Dr. Dena Weiss
The first officer at the scene walks a fine line regarding their actions at a crime scene. Upon arrival, crime scene investigators (CSI’s) would like to be provided a general idea of what occurred, but at the same time they do not want an officer to disrupt the crime scene.
By Vincent Giordano, program director, criminal justice at American Public University
In the past decade there has been a growing argument made within the criminal justice community that society should move toward decriminalizing so-called “victimless crimes.” Wilson and Kelling (as cited in Cole & Gertz, 2012) argue that the move to decriminalize behavior that is often viewed as not harming anyone would actually be greatly detrimental to a community.
Breaking Down Barriers: New Research Suggests Women Are Just as Likely as Men to be Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
By Michael Pittaro, assistant professor, criminal justice, American Public University
Over the past few decades, criminal justice researchers, practitioners, and public policymakers have dedicated a considerable amount of time, effort, and resources to the study of domestic violence, particularly in creating and implementing programs geared towards its prevention (Pattavina, Hirschel, Buzawa, Faggiani & Bentley, 2007).