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!



Monday, November 7, 2016

Ashland Police Detective Visits Criminal Law Class

Detective Kim Mager
On Thursday, October 27th, students in CJ 362: Criminal Law, heard from Ashland Police Detective Kim Mager.

Detective Mager, who is an Ashland University alumna, has been with the Ashland Police Division for 19 years, and specializes in the investigative bureau's sex offense cases.  She spoke to the class regarding investigations and interrogations.

We spoke to two students in Dr. Rogers' Criminal Law class about the impact Detective Mager's presentation had on them.

Anthony Nicholson, a senior criminal justice minor, had to say this:
Detective Mager's dedication to her craft and the processes entailed are interesting to me. It was also very interesting to get to learn the ins and outs of being a detective.  I was surprised by just how many cases she has been involved in, and all the work she has put into them to make sure they close properly.
 It was valuable learning that with time, effort, and determination one would be able to succeed in any of their career fields, be it law enforcement or otherwise.  

Luke Smith, a junior criminal justice major, who plans on pursuing law enforcement, also shared his thoughts.
I found how she deals with victims and potential offenders the most interesting.  It was cool when she told us about some of her cases and I found it surprising how good she is and how much she wrote during her reports.
I took away learning about a job I didn't know much about.  She has very interesting stories.   

Thank you, Detective Mager, for sharing your time and knowledge with the class!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium

On Saturday, April 8, 2016, The College of Wooster will host the 4th annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium from 7:30am-5:00pm in Wooster, OH.  Over 70 Colleges and Universities have been invited to participate.

If you wish to present at the symposium, your abstract must be submitted online before January 20, 2017.  If you wish to just attend, or if you plan on presenting, you must register online before March 13, 2017 online.

For more information about the event, or to register and submit an abstract, please visit their website here.