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Welcome to this collection of original articles I’ve written over the last couple of years for students, practitioners, and anyone else interested in the criminal justice system in the United States.

I’m only sporadically adding content at this point, but what’s here may be helpful in finding specific information for a paper you’re writing or a project you’re working on. If not, get in touch with me and I’ll gladly steer you toward sources that might be of help.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe out there!




Labor Day is an opportunity to celebrate the everyday heroes who keep our country moving and growing. That certainly includes the millions of public safety workers who protect our safety and health around the clock. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those numbers include:

  • 1.1 million career and volunteer fire fighters
  • 1 million private security guards
  • 800,000 local, state, and federal law enforcement officers
  • 435,000 correction and detention officers
  • 210,000 paramedics
  • 103,000 Probation officers, parole officers, and treatment specialists

A special thanks to each and every one of you for the work you do!

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The New B.P

Now Family Wants Empire State To Adopt Strict Law Like The One In New Jersey
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.
kameron-jacobsenOne Orange County family says their son took his own life to escape vicious bullying. Now his parents are on a crusade, vowing to make a difference. They want a new anti-bullying law passed to protect other kids. “We’re … we’re the victims, the ones that are left behind, ’cause we’re here suffering his loss,” Wanda Jacobsen told CBS 2’s Maurice DuBois. For Wanda and Kevin Jacobsen the pain of their son’s suicide will never end. When they remember their son Kameron they can only ask “why?” “Kameron was a great kid. He was loved by everybody who ever met him, I think, except those who bullied him,” Kevin Jacobsen said.05-f (2)
Until then, the 14-year-old was happy, starring in his brother’s home videos, playing baseball and always on the computer…

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I’m glad to see Apple make this change.


When it comes to aiding someone who is emotionally driven to kill him or herself, the right response can literally be a matter of life and death. In order to help those in crisis, Apple (s aapl) has updated Siri’s search response system to field suicide-related requests with an approach designed to drive users to seek help as quickly as possible.

SiriSuicide2With an update to phones running iOS 6 and iOS 7, Siri now reacts with a strong, two-fold approach when mentions of suicide come up. First, the assistant offers the number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will even offer to call directly — a new feature that makes seeking help as simple as clicking “yes” on the phone. If for whatever reason the user decides to select “no”, Siri does a search of all local suicide prevention centers, offering a list and directions powered by Yelp.


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The Socially Responsible Practitioner

Elena Quintana, Psy.D., is Executive Director of the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice. A clinical/community psychologist, she works with policy, programs, and issues related to violence prevention, and socially just approaches to public safety.

On a Monday in March, not long after noon, a father and his baby girl were inside a car in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Shots rang out, leaving the 6-month old baby girl, Jonylah, mortally wounded.  Her father, Jonathan, the target of the shooting, was struck by multiple bullets and fought to survive. The crime devastated many, particularly in Woodlawn, who could not erase from their minds the image of smiling, perfect baby Jonylah. Her death intensified rage over the death in the streets that some had begun to overlook.

The next Saturday, I had the good fortune to be invited by members of the Woodlawn Public Safety Alliance…

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Posted: March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s amazing how we forget even the most horrendous of crimes as time passes.

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nobody Move!

On this date in 1974, unemployed salesman Samuel Byck attempted to hijack a DC-9 at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. His intended destination: Washington DC. His plan: Crash the plane into the White House in order to kill President Richard Nixon. Byck shot and killed an airport security guard before he boarded the plane. Once he was on the plane, he shot the pilot and copilot when they told him they couldn’t take off until the wheel blocks were removed. The pilot survived, but the copilot later died from his wounds. Byck was shot and wounded by police. He committed suicide before he could be taken into custody.

Further reading:

IMDB page for the movie The Assassination of Richard Nixon

IMDB page for the movie The Plot to Kill Nixon

Wikipedia article on Samuel Byck

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If you’re looking for a venue to share your criminal-justice related articles or stories, we are now accepting guest posts. We’re seeking fresh, well-written criminal justice-related content that weds current events with theoretical perspectives in an accessible format that enlightens and informs. If you have a story idea or would like to create a guest post or posts for the blog, please contact me directly at

The blog is not currently generating income, but if you’re looking for exposure for your writing, ideas, blog, or research, we can definitely help you with that. You’ll have your own byline, as well as a short bio and contact information included in any published articles, which will be promoted through social media.

If interested, please request a copy of the editorial guidelines by getting in touch with me directly.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Bob Cameron


Students, teachers, and administrators working together at Harper High School to create a safe learning environment for all.

This weekend, I listened to the first part of a fascinating two-part podcast by This American Life out of WBEZ in Chicago. The episode was about students, teachers, and administrators in Chicago who are struggling against a tide of gang violence that has shifted in unexpected ways in recent years. It’s a story we don’t often hear reported with this type of depth, and it reveals the amazing work that some of the unsung heroes in our school system are doing and how they’re trying to create a safe place to learn for all, often against terrible odds.

If you have an hour to spare this week, I highly recommend giving it a listen. Whether you’re involved in the educational system or the criminal justice system, there’s something valuable there for everyone.