Thursday, February 16, 2017

Judges Speak to AU Students

On February 2, 2017, CJ 235 (Courts and Justice) had the privilege of a visit from Ashland County's three duly elected judges: Honorable John Good, Honorable Damian Vercillo and Honorable Ronald Forsthoefel.

 Judge Good presides over Ashland Municipal Court, Judge Vercillo over probate/juvenile Court as a Common Pleas Court, General Division Judge and Judge Forsthoefel over criminal, civil and domestic Court as a Common Pleas Court, General Division Judge.

The Judges discussed with students their professional backgrounds and how their legal paths contributed to their elections as Judges. Among the topics discussed by the Jurists were their respective caseloads, the different types of cases that each court handles, budgetary concerns and evolving legal trends they have witnessed transpiring as members of the judiciary. The Courts answered student questions during class and remained after class to speak informally with students who remained to introduce themselves.

Thank you, Judge Good, Judge Vercillo and Judge Forsthoefel, for taking the time from your busy schedules to speak to Ashland University criminal justice students.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Criminal Justice Club kickoff

Ashland University Criminal Justice Club

January 2017

Welcome back!

To kick off the semester, the Criminal Justice club will be getting more organized. If you are interested in joining please contact either Amanda Case or Marc Hedrick for a form.
We are hoping this will bring together those individuals whom are genuinely interested in becoming a part of the club.
 “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” –Malcolm X

Upcoming events

As spring semester progresses we have a couple events we would like you to keep in mind:
·       K-9 Unit Visit
·       Heroin 5k Walk
·       Safe Haven speaker
·       Detective speaker

Have a suggestion about a speaker or an event?

Contact one of the following people:

Amanda Case

·       Acase2@ashland.edu

Marc Hedrick

Mhedrick2@ashland.edu


Friday, December 16, 2016

Have a Great Break!


We hope you all have a restful break and happy holidays!
See you in the new year!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Criminal Law Class Tours Ashland County Jail

On December 6, 2016, CJ 362 (Criminal Law) went on a tour of the Ashland County jail provided by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office.

After being welcomed by Sheriff Wayne Risner, students went on a tour lead by Corrections Officer Cody Mager.  During the tour, students heard from different officers regarding their duties and responsibilities.  First, they were taken to the areas where an inmate is first delivered to the jail after arrest and searched prior to entering the facility.  The DUI testing machines ad book-in center were part of the tour.  Students were shown where inmates have visitation, meet with their lawyer or clergy, exercise and receive medical treatment.  The tour also included views of the library available to inmates and the classroom where inmates are able, if they so choose, to take advantage of various types of treatment programs such as anger management, alcohol counseling and parenting classes or attend religious studies.

Corrections Officer Mager showed the class the minimum, medium and maximum security cell blocks and explained how inmates are classified into those levels.  In addition, the class saw the special needs cell block and cells for those who become discipline problems while they are housed at the jail.

Thank you to the Ashland County Sheriff's Office for providing the tour and sharing your information with the class!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Narcotics Detective Visits Criminal Law Class

Detective Evans
On November 29, Detective Evans from the Ashland Police Department spoke to Professor Rogers' CJ 362 (Criminal Law) class about his professional background and on the topics of drug abuse and drug investigations.  Detective Evans, who is in charge of drug investigations for the police department, spoke about the devastating effects of heroin addiction on the user, their family and the community.  Det. Evans showed the class two video-recorded drug buys. Additionally, using photos, he discussed a child abuse case in which a drug addict was the abuser.

Det. Evans shared a number of startling facts including:

  •  In 2014, Ohio recorded the 2nd highest number of drug overdose deaths nationwide. 
  • Some addicts use $200.00 worth of heroin daily just to "get normal", as they try to avoid the horribly uncomfortable physical withdrawal from heroin, symptoms of which can last 3-7 days.  
  • The high that a heroin addict gets from the controlled substance lasts just 4-6 hours.  
  • Most of the heroin users eventually resort to injection as a way to get high and do not return to other manners of ingesting the drug.
  • Nearly 60% of heroin users were introduced to heroin by a close or causal friend.
Thank you, Detective Evans, for sharing your time and expertise with Professor Rogers' class!


Heroin affects people all across all different socioeconomic lines, genders and races.  Click here for addiction resources from Ashland County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.      

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Criminal Justice Students Hear From Alternative Career Path Speakers

Dr. Reusuling (left) and Janelle Renwick (right).
On Friday, October 28th, the Criminal Justice Club, as well as students in Dr. Hedrick's Victimology class, heard from two guest speakers regarding alternative career paths in the Criminal Justice field.

The first was Janelle Renwick, who works for Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter in Marion, Ohio.  She spoke to the students about her experience as a corrections officer and how she ultimately found herself evaluating where she wanted to go in her career, and now has a job she loves working in a domestic violence shelter.

The second speaker was Dr. Reusuling from the Ashland Seminary, who spoke to the students about their graduate Master of Arts counseling program.  Dr. Reusuling highlighted the connection between criminal justice and counseling, and how the students could find themselves working with the same client population, (for example, people with substance abuse issues or sex offenders).

This gave students the opportunity to hear about nontraditional options in the Criminal Justice field, while also seeing their course material come to life.

We'd like to thank Dr. Reusuling and Ms. Renwick, for sharing their time and insights with the students!