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April 2013 Archives

Study shows female sex offenders get lighter sentences

Over the last several years, a number of New Jersey teachers have made national headlines after it was revealed that they engaged in sexual and romantic relationships with underage students. According to a new analysis by reporters at the Star-Ledger, when relationships like these happen, male teachers tend to face much stronger criminal penalties than their female compatriots.

Supreme Court: no automatic deportation for marijuana possession

Drug crimes, even ones involving small quantities of illicit substances, can have significant long-term consequences. A drug conviction can make it difficult to get a job or secure a professional license, and can remove eligibility for some student financial aid programs. In some cases, drug convictions can also cause legal immigrants to be deported from the United States.

'Nightmare' ends for man acquitted of sex crime charges

Being accused of a sex crime can destroy an individual's life in New Jersey. The charged individual can be alienated as their family, friends, employer and the community turn against them. No one in the community is quick to suspect that an individual alleging to be a victim of such a crime could be lying. However, the community is quick to issue condemning assumptions about the charged individual.

Is jail the appropriate punishment for all drug crimes?

The War on Drugs has evolved since it was first launched in the 1970s, but the aim of eradicating drug use and distribution has remained steadfast. But it is not working. The usage of opiates in particular, which are highly addictive, have hugely increased. Instead of helping these people struggling within the grips of addiction, we throw them in jail.

Prom season increases risk of teens driving drunk

Teenagers have their entire lives ahead of them. Unfortunately, many bright futures are snuffed out in New Jersey in devastating car accidents. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in New Jersey and across the rest of the country. There are a variety of explanations for this phenomenon, but one of the most salient statistics in examining this tragedy is that about 1 in 3 accidents that proves fatal for a teenager involves alcohol.

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