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Rehabilitation: A Shift in How the Criminal Justice System Addresses Drug Offenders

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

Since the late 1900s, there has been a shift in how the criminal justice system deals with drug offenders by creating alternatives to lengthy prison sentences. Prior to the shift, the war on drugs resulted in large numbers of individuals being incarcerated for a multitude of offenses ranging from drug possession to drug trafficking.

Supreme Court Rules Police Can Collect DNA Upon Arrest, But Can The System Handle It?

By Leischen Stelter

June 3, 2013 was a historic day for police agencies across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that law enforcement officers are not violating the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches by collecting DNA samples from suspects arrested for a “serious offense.” “Taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the court’s five-justice majority, according to this news article.

The Challenges of Treating Child Substance Abuse

By Dr. Vincent Giordano Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University Prior to coming to American Public University as the Criminal Justice Program Director, I worked with Operation PAR as a drug counselor and the Program Administrator of Juvenile Services. I managed a staff that was primarily responsible for screening and assessing youth who were arrested in Pinellas County, Florida. Sometimes parents decide to involve police as their own form of treatment when they discover a child is abusing drugs. These parents misconstrue the purpose of law enforcement by thinking police officers will come to the home and scare the child into not using drugs. This is rarely the case.