Jones & Bartlett Learning Criminal Justice Blog

    Conducting Crime Scene Investigations During a Pandemic

    Posted by Aric W. Dutelle, MFS on Oct 1, 2020 10:00:00 AM

    SARs, H1N1, Ebola, COVID-19… The list goes on, as does the necessity of conducting crime scene investigations during the middle of them. When society shuts its doors and hunkers down to avoid spreading whatever the latest pandemic virus is, law enforcement must continue to find ways to remain operationally effective. This includes conducting criminal investigations.

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    Punishment in the time of COVID-19: Balancing public health, safety, and punishment

    Posted by Kathryn Elvey on Jun 12, 2020 10:00:00 AM

    When coronavirus swept across the country, U.S. courts began to shut down. Hearings, trials by juries, and other court procedures were stalled to ensure the safety of all involved parties (e.g. defendants, witnesses, prosecutors, judges, etc.). This created a backlog of cases and raised concerns for court systems and accused individuals across the country. Although many types of hearings moved to teleconferences, the one type of trial that could not move is the jury trial.

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    Topics: Criminal Justice

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Prison Tours

    Posted by Kathryn Elvey on Jan 24, 2020 7:00:00 AM

    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Prison Tours: Tips and tricks for taking your students to prison and not leaving them there (even if you want to).

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    Part I: An Introduction to Prison Trips

    Anyone interested in corrections, or even criminal justice, is aware of the issues concerning mass incarceration, institutionalization, the prison-industrial complex and all the arguments and concerns that surround these items. Therefore, waxing philosophical about theories of corrections or providing overwhelming statistics about incarceration would be redundant as you probably know them already. Similarly, if you are interested in education and pedagogy, you are also aware of the benefits of experiential learning and hands-on experiences, making discussion of those items redundant as well. 

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    Topics: Criminal Justice