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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.

Marxism is Alive and Well in our Prison System

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

One theory of criminology that receives little attention in today’s criminal justice field is the theory of Marxist criminology. The general view today seems to be that after the collapse of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe, Marxist criminology has little value in our current criminal justice field.

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?

Medical Marijuana: Is it the Pathway to Legalization?

By Vincent Giordano In 1996, California was the first state to legalize small amounts of marijuana for medical use. Soon after, dozens of other states followed California’s lead with little regard for the federal law prohibiting the sale of marijuana. The question remains to be resolved if medical marijuana is “ruse” to work toward total legalization, and that medical marijuana is simply being diverted to people with no true ailment?