Tales of Justice

Wrongful conviction in the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice System

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

Wrongful conviction. Two words that strike at the heart of a long held cultural assumption in the majority population of the United States — that we only convict the guilty. But two decades of focus on the issue of wrongful conviction by a number of organizations — including many affiliated with colleges — remind us […]

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Will New York’s criminal justice system redefine youth offenders?

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

New York is one of only two states (North Carolina) in the country that prosecutes 16-year-olds as adults. And research has shown that brain development in teenage boys is slower, and they specifically lack impulse control. Groundbreaking research in recent years clearly shows major brain development continues until about age 25, and, in many respects, […]

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Should posting suspects’ mug shots on the Internet be off limits?

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

On most social media networks, users have the right – no matter how unclear and difficult the process can be – to restrict public access to the photos they post. So why is it that mug shots can be broadcasted on the Internet, even when the suspect has yet to be proven guilty? State Senator […]

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Criminal Justice Students: What do you know about careers in loss prevention?

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

Did you know that U.S. retail establishments lose more than $7 billion in theft each year? As a graduate of the Alvernia Criminal Justice Administration program, you are poised to lessen those losses with a career in the loss prevention field. “Loss prevention specialists primarily work indoors at major retail stores. They may wear civilian […]

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Round out your CJ credentials by joining the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

The job market is competitive in any industry. And though criminal justice program students in Pennsylvania have a bit of an advantage if they plan to pursue a role with the State Troopers, candidates applying to any CJ role must build well-rounded resumes. Becoming a student member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) […]

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Alvernia students hone presentation skills at criminal justice conference

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

An important part of academic work is presenting at conferences. It’s a way to share research and insights with other students, scholars and professionals while also gaining valuable public speaking skills. In February, students and professors from the Alvernia University Criminal Justice program presented their academic papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) […]

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Missile systems security manager to students: Step outside the ‘big 4 CJ fields’

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

Alvernia Criminal Justice program alumnus Joe Melander had no interest in becoming a security professional. But a job he took at the Department of Defense “to get a foot in the door” opened his eyes to the actual breadth of skills used by security professionals. “I would suggest that students don’t limit their career ambitions […]

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Should the U.S. criminal justice system abolish mandatory minimum sentencing?

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

On Jan. 30 the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Smarter Sentencing Act to address among other issues with our criminal justice system our overcrowded prisons. One of the major amendments of the act is the abolishment of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. Mandatory minimums are required sentences for drug offenders based on static criteria. […]

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NOT as seen on TV: Debunking criminal justice myths

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

Many students become interested in criminal justice programs because of the exciting way crime and investigations are depicted on television. Unfortunately, the crimes Ice-T and Mariska Hargitay solve on TV don’t always wrap up in a tidy, cinematic manner. “When we see an occupation on TV, there is a small but limited relationship to how […]

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Criminal justice students: 500 more cadets needed by Pennsylvania State Troopers

  • Alvernia Criminal Justice

Many Alvernia Criminal Justice graduates go into law enforcement, and some end up at the state level. According to the Times Online, the Pennsylvania State Police has 500 cadet vacancies, and the state government is looking to fill those gaps. “Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed 2014-15 budget would help bolster the size of the state police […]

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