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Is Decriminalizing Disorderly Behavior Good for Society?

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.

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.

Duty to Act: What Does Your SOP Say?

By Anthony Mangeri, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management Program at American Military University

There have been several stories of public safety personnel, on and off duty, failing to meet the response expectations of their community. The incident in the District of Columbia involving a 77-year old man who died outside a fire station brought into focus emergency responders’ legal duty to act versus expectations by the communities we serve to aid those who ask for help.

Ecstasy (Part II): Illegal Drug…PTSD Miracle Cure…or Both?

Editor’s Note: This is the second installment on the subject on the drug Ecstasy (i.e., 3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine; MDMA). Please read Dr. Conkey’s first article of this three-part series, Ecstasy: Understanding the Love Drug, for a more comprehensive background of the drug Ecstasy.

By Dr. Allan Conkey, full professor of criminal justice at American Military University

In this article, I will focus on the potential use of Ecstasy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).