Saturday, December 17, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
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
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.
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
|Dr. Reusuling (left) and Janelle Renwick (right).|
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
|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
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.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
|Dylan Shockey (left) takes notes as Mike Gentile (right)|
photographs the scene.
"Practically, students learn that it is necessary to thoroughly document crime scenes in order to aid in the investigation of the crime. This documentation can also serve as the basis for formal reports that can be used in court if a case goes to trial.
Academically, students applied the concepts of inductive and deductive reasoning. And, like in any investigation (academic or otherwise) an investigator must be able to reason properly and spot common fallacies in reasoning so that they do not make mistakes that lead them to the wrong conclusions. While the investigation is not yet complete, students will later interview witnesses and interrogate suspects, processes during which they must continue to apply the principles of logic with lengthening fact patterns."Students documented the crime scene through notes about what they observed, as well as through photographs and measurements. Students then used these notes, photos, and measurements to create a to-scale sketch of the crime scene.
Be sure to check back later for the next phase of the project when the students interview witnesses and interrogate suspects!
|Nicolle Valentine and Tim Batdorf|
Tim, owner of ThreeC Counseling in Mansfield, Ohio, bridges the gap through his methods of drug and alcohol counseling. They follow a stricter approach of counseling which holds their clients accountable for their actions. In order to do this, ThreeC counseling must maintain relations with various probation officers, parole officers, judges, and other criminal justice professionals. This link between the counselors and the criminal justice professionals helps aid in an individual's recovery and helps them stay in line with their legal responsibilities.
Dr. Marc Hedrick, Professor of Criminal Justice, shared his insights to the benefits of hearing from these guest speakers:
If you are a criminal justice major and not sure what you want to do with your degree, drug and alcohol counseling in relation to the criminal justice system might be an area you want to explore. For this type of counseling you do not need a psychology degree, but you do have to get trained and certified.
In fact, several students are doing field experience with ThreeC Counseling and even considering getting their certification. This may be an option for some of you, as well.
Thank you, Tim and Nicolle, for sharing your time and insights with the club!
Thursday, October 20, 2016
IRJCF is an American Correctional Association accredited facility that serves all male youth, and provides a variety of services and treatment to youth including a fully accredited high school, behavioral health services, unit management, medical and dental care, recreation, religious services, community service opportunities and reentry services.
The club members not only toured the facility, but also spoke to the correction officers, chaplain, gang investigator, assistant principal to the school, teachers, and many more workers within the facility.
We spoke to freshman criminal justice major, Dominique Ciehanoski, who had to say this about the tour:
"Going on this trip made me realize that there is more than just the few careers I had in mind. I decided to major in Criminal Justice because I wanted to be a prosecutor for a long time. Since majoring in this, I've changed my mind several times. I love all the options in Criminal Justice. This was beneficial because the gang investigation and corrections was very interesting to me. Seeing it hands on in person was very special"Rachel Kleman, who is also a Criminal Justice major, shared her insights gained through the tour.
"Visiting Indian River gave me a glimpse of what a career in corrections would be like. Not only did they give us a tour of the cells and living quarters, but they took us behind the scenes and told us all the different types of careers you are able to have within the facility. Corrections is a tough field to go into and many don't last throughout the program, but the challenge is what is the most interesting to me. I also think the trip really put into perspective what a juvenile detention center is really like, unlike the shows you see on TV. Overall hearing the stories from different workers was really interesting, giving us an example of what really goes on during day to day activity."For more information about our Criminal Justice program, and what it has to offer, please visit our website here.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
There are many exciting opportunites for jbs and graduate schools at this career fair.
Employers and graduate schools attending include:
-Ohio State Highway Patrol
-Richland Correctional Institution
-Capital University Law School
-Indiana Tech Law School
-Ohio Northern University College of Law
-The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
-The University of Akron-School of Law
-University of Toledo- College of Law
AU students should refer to the Career Services Guidebook for a complete list of employers and graduate schools who will be in attendance at the Fair.
Membership in the club provides excellent opportunities to further the intellectual, cultural, and social development of students majoring or minoring in Criminal Justice. Events in the past have included a CJ Job fair, hearing from guest speakers, and tours of facilities.
If you have any questions, contact Dr. Hedrick at email@example.com
Sunday, May 15, 2016
National Police Week recognizes the service of all U.S. Law Enforcement, but it pays special tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Ashland University's Criminal Justice Department extends its thanks to all law enforcement personnel for their dedication and service.
For more information about National Police Week and the activities scheduled, please visit their website.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Race, Ethnic and Minority issues, which is offered each semester and meets core credit for social sciences, allows students to examine the impact of living in a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, and multi-cultural society.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Criteria for this award include scholarly achievement, acting as an academic role model for other students within the department, and possession of an inquiring and/or creative mind.
On Sunday at the Academic Honors Convocation, three Criminal Justice students were recognized for their outstanding achievements:
Kimberly Vidika, sophomore criminal justice major
Morgan Scarberry, junior criminal justice major
Maxwell Ostrowski, senior criminal justice major
Congratulations, Outstanding Criminal Justice Students!
Sunday, April 10, 2016
The Office of Victims of Crime, which helps promote NCVRW, explains this year's theme, Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope., as a way to "underscore the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery."
It is important to raise awareness of victims' rights because there are still many unmet needs that need addressed.
For more information, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website, or view the NCVRW Resource Guide.
Friday, April 8, 2016
To be eligible for membership, students must meet rigorous academic standards. "It was an honor to recognize the students who were inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma," said Criminal Justice professor Marc Hedrick, who advises the honor society. These students are some of the most studious, hard-working, and bright students, both from the online and classroom programs, in the Criminal Justice Department and at Ashland University."
with the Honorable Brent N. Robinson
|(L to R; New Member*) Laura Stanley*, Michael Talbert*, Judge Robinson, Megan Maguire, |
Daniel Medvetz, Aimee Linville*, Morgan Scarberry*, Kimberly Vidika*, Tarin Cook*
Not pictured: Burton Roberts*
When addressing the students, he spoke about the importance of not letting emotion or passion get in the way of justice and on how crucial it is to preserve the legal process and uphold the rights of the accused individual.
"He really impressed upon us how important it is to never sacrifice our integrity, character or reputation," said Morgan Scarberry, a senior student and newly-inducted Alpha Phi Sigma member.
Thank you, Judge Robinson, for sharing your insights with our students!
Alpha Phi Sigma members!
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
"Mariah Lindsey graduated from Ashland with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. During her time on campus Mariah was a member of the Track & Field team as a sprinter, as well as being a member of the Black Student Union and Psychology Club for two years! After graduation Mariah was accepted into the Corpus Christi Police Academy in Texas. While there, she underwent intense training in areas including firearms training, defensive tactics, physical training, defensive driving, water survival, and boxing! Academically, the Cadets were challenged in classes such as Penal Code, Transportation Code, U.S./Texas Constitution, Code of Criminal Procedures, Communications, Race & Ethnicity, and Spanish.
In the Academy, Mariah received the honor of Top Academic and was second in Physical Fitness! She now works as a police officer for the City of Corpus Christi, where she responds to calls for service ranging from traffic accidents to disturbances, robberies, civil matters, stabbings, shootings, and murders, just to name a few! Mariah says that the Criminal Justice Program here at Ashland gave her opportunities to expand and network, and also credited her professors and advisor for being readily available to answer any questions that she may have about the field! Mariah says this is the best job she’s ever had and she enjoys working for a great department with major goals for change! Congrats Mariah on everything you’ve accomplished, and all your hard work paying off!"
Did you know we love hearing from our CJ and Sociology grads? Keep in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Click here to learn more about and to follow the progress of the Day of Giving.
Friday, March 4, 2016
|Officer Spelman and Detective Traub|
|CJ Club members take a look at different equipment used by the officers.|
Thank you, Detective Traub and Officer Spelman, for sharing your time and insights with the Club!
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, an organization that seeks to make the public aware of the need to "make our criminal justice system as effective as possible," asks that we take time this month to applaud the efforts of the many individuals who work in the criminal justice field.
The Ashland University Criminal Justice Department extends its appreciation to the dedicated men and women who are an integral part of our justice system.
To learn more about National Criminal Justice Month, visit the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' website.
Monday, February 22, 2016
|Students Regina Delucia and Brent Grant;|
Officers Malenic and Holderbaum
Friday, February 19, 2016
Wednesday, March 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Professional dress is required for this event (for guidance on what to wear, consult the Career Service's Business Attire Pamphlet).
Be sure to bring several copies of your resume, as well.
Student Registration, which is highly recommended, will be available on the Career Services website. All registered students will receive nametags to wear at the event.
Monday, February 15, 2016
For any student interested in joining the group, there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, February 16th at 3:30, in room 13 of the Rinehart Center. This is a great opportunity to get involved and learn more about what you can do in the fight to end Human Trafficking.
Contact Professor Dickson in the Religion Department with questions or for more information.
View our post covering a recent event featuring two human trafficking survivors' experiences and call to action here.
Friday, January 29, 2016
|Theresa Flores, human trafficking survivor|
Students entering the field of Criminal Justice will certainly face this issue, as human trafficking is now the second leading and fastest growing crime, according to Theresa Flores.
Professional Instructor of Criminal Justice, Marc Hedrick, adds: