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Developing a Modernized Reserve Unit: Infrastructural Considerations

By Christopher L. McFarlin, J.D., Criminal Justice

Across the country, police departments continuously rely on units of reserve officers for a multitude of assignments. However, historically, there has always been a divide between full-time officers and reserve officers. This is, in large part, due to the fact that full-time police officers don’t see reserve officers as their equals. AMU criminal justice professor Christopher McFarlin writes about how agencies who intend to continue or increase their use of reserve officers must adapt a command and management structures, determine requirements of relevant state laws, and focus their attention on integrating reserve officers into the wider department.

Amanda Knox Case Is a Lesson in Understanding the Italian Justice System

Are you perplexed by the trials, appeals, acquittal, and, most recently, second acquittal of American Amanda Knox in the Italian criminal justice system? You are not alone.

The Amanda Knox case highlights key differences between the American and Italian criminal justice systems. Many Americans take for granted their due process rights and the operation of an adversarial judicial system that focuses on the fairness of the proceedings and the rights to defendants—elements that do not exist in the justice systems of other countries. Learn more about Italy's inquisitorial system where courts are involved in investigations in addition to presiding over court proceedings—a judicial process that would shock most Americans.

Transformational Leadership and the Impact on Morale, Satisfaction in Corrections

By Dr. Michael Pittaro

Those who have worked or are currently working in corrections agree that job satisfaction and morale in corrections is, and always has been, low in comparison to other criminal justice professions. Learn why corrections leaders must work to shift leadership practices from punitive-style correctional leadership practices to transformational, coaching, and mentoring leadership practices.

How Education Impacts Police Performance

By Mark Bond

Research studies show police officers who have earned a college degree demonstrate better overall job performance and have greater advancement opportunities than their colleagues without a college degree. Why has the police profession been so slow to adapt higher educational standards and requirements?

Medical Marijuana in the South: Will the Southern States be Influenced to Change Their Policies?

 By Dr. Vincent Giordano, Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University

Conventional wisdom holds that Southern states will never legalize marijuana, medical or otherwise, due to the various political, religious, and cultural issues that are unique to the region. The two most powerful states in the region, Texas and Florida, are traditionally conservative politically.

Legalized Recreational Marijuana Use: What Does it Mean for the U.S. Criminal Justice Field?

By Vincent Giordano This year’s election was a contentious one. No matter who you might have supported for President, it is clear that most of us ignored the fact that two states (Colorado and Washington) had ballot initiatives to legalize the use of small amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes, and Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of legalized medical marijuana. Many have cited fears that medical marijuana is nothing but a spring board for the total legalization of marijuana, but until the 2012 election, total legalization of marijuana had not come to pass. What does this legislation mean for the law enforcement community?