Teenage angst, drugs, and death

This is a little diddy I wrote exactly 9 years ago today that I found a few weeks ago. It’s from when I was about 20 so it’s kind of rough around the edges. So many thoughts are brought up after re-reading it after so many years. The change I promised I would make in … Continue reading Teenage angst, drugs, and death

The process of living with an offender on electronic monitoring and house arrest

Much has been said on electronic monitors and those who are required to wear them. Basically, they’re used for different offender populations for different reasons with differing goals depending on what type of monitor the person is even wearing. Sounds simple, right? (For a more extensive look at this, visit my other posts on electronic … Continue reading The process of living with an offender on electronic monitoring and house arrest

The Deterrent Effects of Electronic Monitoring on Sex Offenders

Introduction Electronic monitoring has become widely used across all fifty United States. Policy makers have suggested several reasons for the widespread implementation of such devices, including alternatives to sentencing, prison overcrowding issues, part of parole stipulations for moderate to high-risk offenders, and in some cases of pre-trial release. In more recent years, the use of … Continue reading The Deterrent Effects of Electronic Monitoring on Sex Offenders

Electronic Monitoring: Perceptions and Experiences of Chronic Violent Offenders- research proposal

Introduction Reentry of offenders back into the community has been a growing concern for criminologists and policy makers. Due to the amplified incarceration rates over the past several decades, and the notion that the majority of offenders will eventually return home from prison, many are left wondering what the effects are going to be once … Continue reading Electronic Monitoring: Perceptions and Experiences of Chronic Violent Offenders- research proposal

Opiates and Suicide: The opioid epidemic, part 4

Drug use is a factor for various types of internalizing (depression, anxiety, self-doubt, not feeling accepted) and externalizing behaviors (acting out, aggression, criminal behavior). Individuals with substance use disorders, with a history of prior violence, are more likely to report suicidal ideation and single or multiple suicide attempts than individuals without a history of prior … Continue reading Opiates and Suicide: The opioid epidemic, part 4

Biopsychosocial elements of addiction: The opioid epidemic, part 3

Why are some people more susceptible to become addicted to opiates and other substances while others can use a prescription as prescribed or never become involved with drugs in the firs place? Some individuals may be more susceptible to addiction given certain characteristics and it is important to understand these factors, especially when developing treatment … Continue reading Biopsychosocial elements of addiction: The opioid epidemic, part 3

Opiates & Demographics: The opioid epidemic, part 2

Before we judge anyone facing addiction problems, let's look at the facts. Heroin use increased 63% from 2002 to 2013, occurred for men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Heroin related overdose deaths increased as well, nearly quadrupling in the same time period. Most heroin users are polysubstance users, meaning they use … Continue reading Opiates & Demographics: The opioid epidemic, part 2