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Illustration of prisoners flowing through rotating doors in a long line
Rehabilitation formed the basis of correctional practice until the early 1970s when it was derailed with the release of a report by Robert Martinson. After an exhaustive review of correctional programs, Martinson concluded that the rehabilitative efforts had no appreciable effect on recidivism.
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Illustration of criminals walking in a row
Correctional history in the United States is riddled with peculiar ideas about how to change behavior. In the colonial days, pillories were used to confine the heads of beggars and drunkards so that they were unable to avoid public gaze. Thieves were forever branded with the letter “T” and scolds were swung out over the...
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A stack of $100 dollar bills sits underneath a gavel
In this two-part series, EKU Online coordinator and associate professor Dr. Betsy Matthews explored the affect that fees have on those on parole.
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A stack of $100 dollar bills sits underneath a gavel
In my last couple of years as a probation officer, we instituted a supervision fee in our county.  So, on top of collecting restitution, fines, and court fees, I was now tasked with collecting supervision fees.  I remember being told to present the fees to clients as “payment for the privilege of being on community...
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a jury sits in court as an attorney speaks to them
A recent headline in a daily newsletter from The Crime Report (www.thecrimereport.org), a non-partisan multimedia and networking resource on crime and justice issues, caught my attention. The headline read “How Plea Bargains are Making Jury Trials Obsolete.”  In the article, Matthew Mangino reported that “ninety-seven percent of federal criminal prosecutions are resolved by plea bargain,”...
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A lawyer and client shake hands in office after deciding on plea bargain
Over 90 percent of the cases in criminal courts are resolved through plea bargains. Plea bargains involve the prosecutor agreeing to reduce the charge or recommending a lesser sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. Plea bargaining is driven by several factors. First, if there are concerns about whether or not the case will hold up to...
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Police cruiser patrols the street
The Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice and Safety and EKU Online continue to be recognized among the nation's best. Create a Career, a leading resource for career information, has identified the "Best Criminal Justice Programs Offering Online Degrees." EKU ranked 19th in the nation and was the only Kentucky school to make the list.
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A police officer applies to EKU's graduate school online
The thought of applying to graduate school can be somewhat daunting, but the process is really fairly simple. At EKU, students can apply using the online application process and pick the program they wish to study. Once they pay the application fee and the EKU Graduate School receives their official undergraduate transcript, the application is forwarded to...
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Rocky Lykins
EKU Online student Rocky Lykins earned a bachelor's degree in Corrections and is now working on his master's degree in Adult, Juvenile & Community Corrections Leadership.
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Pillars of a criminal justice building
The United States is currently the only country with individuals under the age of 18 serving a sentence of life without parole. This appears to be somewhat contradictory when one considers the abolishment of the death penalty for juveniles in 2005 following the case of Roper vs. Simmons.
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