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I’m currently working on archiving the New York State School Finance Reform project materials into PocketKnowledge. I am learning a lot of interesting information about school f...
The New Jersey State Assembly recently passed a bill that requires K-12 students to take classes on how to interact with cops. The relationship between police officers and civilians is nearly nonexistent, as it is in some communities across the nation. Shootings on both sides have dominated the national news in recent years and have led to cities rethinking how police officers are educated. The bill’s ori...
I’ve focused my last several blog posts to different learning styles and which ones work best for me personally. I want to devote this post to some interesting figures that I’ve recently learned that further adds to what I am learning in the course. How mu...
I’ve just completed several readings for the course. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading for class. Most of the readings I find enjoyable tend to be for leisure. The audio readings have been very enjoyable as well and have led me to question the difference between reading a book and listening to an audio version. According to this article, there is no huge difference, although there are people who would argue that there is “cheating” when you don’t read the book and simply ...
So far, I’ve completed the readings and engaged with the multimedia components to the course. There are many things I can appreciate from this topic, although there are also certain readings and lectures that I wished was presented in a different way since it I am not taking it in a traditional classroom.    This is my fi...
The third week of the course was super interesting. The readings and multimedia focused on our broken criminal justice system. I will reflect on the YouTube video above from the syllabus as it was the content piece that most grabbed my attention. The video focused on the racial disparities in the system. For instance, there is no secret that minorities account for the majority of prisoners in our criminal justice system. This points to a deeper societal and socioeconomic problem. Additionally, a cons...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} I am now in the second week of the course. After reading this article, I realized how the current judicial and penal system in our country is so unfair to many. The article did a good job highlighting the differences in sentencing criminals between how the U.S. and Europe. For instance, while a lot of st...
I’ve always had a keen interest in criminal justice, especially the methods detectives use to resolve crimes. I came upon an interesting story in which detectives used a now common device to resolve a murder case. The story revolves around a husband who claims a masked gunman entered his house, tied him up and shot his wife. He somehow managed to burn the gunman with a torch. However, detectives argue that his wife’s FitBit tells an entirely different story. Her FitBit was still taking ste...
1493784921 {{unknown}} [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A[/embed] After completing my first set of readings and videos assigned in the online class I am currently taking, I now understand why online classes are convenient, especially for individuals with busy schedules. This is my first experience taking an online class without a professor, but I am already convinced it won’t be my last. The class is very appealing bec...
I have decided to enroll in a course on MIT Courseware called Race, Crime, and Citizenship in American Law. The course aligns my interest in criminal justice and the current contested political debate about policing, especially in inner city neighborhoods. I’ve had a lifelong interest in ...