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Three Ways Corrections Prepares you for a Career in Law Enforcement

By Leischen Stelter

Working in corrections is a tough job where an officer’s safety often depends on his or her ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate heightened situational awareness.

“If I had never worked in corrections and had never been in an environment dealing with dangerous prisoners, I would not have learned how to pay such close attention to my surroundings,” said Scott Roberts, who worked in corrections for four years before making the switch to his current career as a sworn police officer.

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.