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Marsy’s Law and Victim Rights

To many, it may seem that the accused have more rights than victims. After all, defendants are guaranteed a plethora of rights that are outlined in the U.S. Constitution; from initial contact with law enforcement to sentencing and appeal. Victims, on the other hand, have rights under various passed acts and State Constitutions. What role does the victim play and what rights do victims have? The role of a victim in the criminal justice process is completely voluntary and the extent of victim involvement will vary in terms of case circumstances, respective jurisdictional customs and practices, and social views and media influence that is exerted onto...

Digital Hate: What Families and Communities Should be Talking About

There are many forms of digital hate, ranging from online bullying to attacks carried out by hate, extremist or terrorist groups. Recently there has been a tremendous surge in these group's destructive agendas and they are affecting our society as they emerge from the online shadows. As the threat of digital hate continues to grow no one is immune to its undue influence, said Rick Eaton, the Senior Researcher for the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Digital Terrorism & Hate Project, during a digital hate presentation for the Columbus Police Academy on October 6, 2017. Not many people surf the web strategically looking for an opportunity to be...

Does Free Speech Come at The Cost of Public Safety?

The First Amendment protects many forms of speech, applicable to citizens of all states under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. As case law continues to define its intent and limitations, however, it is imperative to consider that the following types of speech are not within the reach of First Amendment protections: use of words that provoke actions to harm others, the manufacture, creation and distribution of obscene materials, burning draft cards in protest against war, permitting students to print school newspaper articles that go against the guidance of school administrators, obscene natured speeches made by students at school sponsored events and students advocating...

Escaping Abuse

Mary is a survivor. After enduring years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of her husband, she found the strength to escape to a new life with her two young children. “I didn’t even pack underwear” (Janney, 2017, paragraph 4), she explained. She grabbed the children’s diaper bags, formula and carriers and took off in her car. She had tried to escape once before, but her husband had caught her. As she tore down the road, making her way from Georgia to Kansas, she was terrified that he would find her once more. A child of poverty and violence, Mary never knew there...

New Jersey Creates Community Policing Grant to Honor Fallen Officer

A new grant for police departments across New Jersey has been named after Detective Matthew L Tarentino of Summit, NJ. The “Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant Program” will provide $10,000 individual grants to state, county, and municipal police departments, sheriff’s offices and college campus police departments. The grants are for innovative programs that will foster better police and community relations. “Detective Tarentino was respected and beloved in his community because he embodied all of the best qualities of a police officer and role model,” said New Jersey Attorney General, Chris Porrino. “We hold Matthew up as a model of community policing and public...

Joshua’s Place Offers Hope for Addiction Recovery

Recovering heroin addict, Joshua DeLong, has opened a new outreach program for addicts in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Called Joshua’s Place, the venue at 131 South Main Street, offers support group meetings, resources and the opportunity to be listened to for those struggling with addiction. DeLong, who will be clean 53 days on Saturday, June 24, wanted a way to reach out to his community and offer hope for recovery to anyone struggling with addiction. DeLong's alcohol addiction began before middle school. Turning to drugs, he overdosed for the first time at the age of 12. Following these incidences, DeLong dropped out of school, only to...

Grand Rapids’ Grand Plan for Police and Community Relations

How do community members discuss big issues like policing? Grand Rapids, MI is beginning a “police and community relations” program that will include a series of community listening sessions to increase engagement of all citizens in this issue. The community outreach plan includes listening sessions which will be used to decide how the city will utilize $1 million per year to enrich the relationship between community members and the police in Grand Rapids. Described on the city’s website as an “ongoing, robust and authentic community outreach plan,” it will be led by a commission and will focus on recommendations made by the Safe Alliances for Everyone...

Community Reopens Police Department After Eight Year Closure

In 2008, there were just over 1 million police officers in the U.S. That number has diminished by 7% since the Great Recession as sharply decreased revenues have forced towns all over the U.S. to make very difficult decisions about budget cuts, layoffs, and even closures of police departments (Schoen, 2013, paragraph 5). Despite the economic struggle, one Ohio town hopes to refocus its energy on public safety. “ didn’t like the idea when left” (Armon, 2017, paragraph 25), says Amin Abraham, a resident and business owner in Lakemore, OH, a town that has recently reopened its police department after almost eight years. The department...

Police Caught Doing Good

News surrounding the United States police force has not always been positive; this is especially true in recent months. Media appears to only portray officers who have killed or been killed. These are the stories that the press love to jump on. Many times, they are the only things we hear about the police. While the latter cannot be ignored, there are so many underrepresented officers on the force serving, protecting, and going the extra mile for their communities. It is important that as citizens we do not lose sight of all the good these men and women do for us. A Plus, a digital media company...

Escaping from a Cult

“One of the hardest things to do with a cult is to remove yourself from them” (Cultwatch.com, n.d., paragraph 1), says Cultwatch. The website has written a “how-to” guide for those who realize they are in a cult or at the very least an unhealthy group dynamic. Cultwatch offers sound advice to anyone seeking guidance on how to end involvement with a cult. Knowing there are resources waiting to be utilized and people willing to help those trapped within the confines of a cult-society can be the impetus needed for a person to change or seek outside assistance. Cultwatch suggests that a person who is...