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Proverbs 28 – Riches, Justice and Judgment

Posted on February 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

No one who conceals transgressions will prosper,
but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
~Proverbs 28:13 (NRSV).

Contracts and caveats are full of legal-speak and they spell out blow by blow for proponents the ‘lay of the land’ and all sense of permeations regarding default. In much the same way, Proverbs 28 gets into some of the pertinent items of note regarding riches, justice, and ultimately God’s judgment through Wisdom – which is the way life generally always works out.

This chapter also sees the return of the contrastive proverb, and with much fanfare. In fact, eighteen of the 28 proverbs are “but” proverbs showing us the sweeping differences in life that are accorded of our various acts.

Approaches to Wealth

Riches and all manner of ways of getting there or not are a commanding theme here. Firstly, it’s better to be poor but blameless than to be rich and perverse (verse 6). Getting rich at the expense of others is a slippery wealth – it will not be retained (verse 8). Some rich people attempt to put over ‘their wisdom’ on others, but even a poor person with insight sees through the ruse (verse 11).

An eagerness to grow rich in life without the willingness to collect that spoil of hard knocks is faithlessness; it will not be rewarded in the end (verse 20). The blameworthy person who brandishes perversity will fall ultimately (verse 18).

It really doesn’t pay to greedily hoard material wealth, doing so irresponsibly.

Opposite Sides of Justice

Greedy people cannot live at harmony, for peace is always somewhere ‘over there,’ in places called “envy” and “comparison” (verse 25). These live at odds with even themselves, as they’re constantly peering over the fence into others’ worlds.

Those eager to get ahead financially, and certainly against the needs of the needy, will not go without punishment in the end (verses 20 and 27). Heaven only help a nation ruled by a wicked person; they will leave nothing behind and people will scurry for cover (verses 3, 12 and 28).

The alternative route, which is one relatively few take, is the right-sized life so far as balance and equity is concerned. The wiser person is not trusting in their own resources, but in Wisdom’s (verse 26; cf. Proverbs 3:5-6). They receive for their faith a good and fair inheritance (verse 10).

It is important to note that Wisdom speaks kindly to the latter person but tersely to the former; justice abides to both according to the fruit of their attitudes and actions.

The Law and Judgment

Like many chapters and subsections in Proverbs there are catch-words and word-plays everywhere. The one of note here is the word “law,” but it is used in different ways than we’d typically find in say Psalm 119.

Continuing the theme of just and wicked rulership, the “law” proverbs give some insight into God’s justice via the hand of Wisdom – which is the way life works out, generally.

The just will resist the hand of the wicked, for they uphold the law at any cost (verse 4). A country with frail leadership will, in fact, have many leaders and they’ll pull against each other (verse 2). Those flailing the law or compromising justice will be shameful to their parents (verse 7). Further, God despises the prayers of those who are deaf to the needs and requirements of the law (verse 9).

An Overall Message

The key theme to this chapter, and it probably fits with the entire Bible, is sewn up in verse 13, which is profiled at top. Whoever is honest in life will thrive. The dishonest will fall. Seeing that we’re all found dishonest, or at least mistaken, so great is God that we have the item of penitence to fall back on.

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.
~Matthew 4:17b (NRSV).

Copyright (c) 2010 S. J. Wickham.

Graduating With a Criminal Justice Degree Can Land You an Exciting New Career

Posted on February 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

As Martin Luther King has rightly said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’, law enforcement and keeping criminal minds in check is the utmost necessity to ensure that the society is safe and sound. A criminal law system always needs to be modern and synchronized to the society’s needs. With the recent increase in criminal incidents and terrorist attacks, attention has been diverted to the field of criminal law. The popularity to this subject has overwhelmingly increased the number of criminal justice degree programs available in the recent times.

Criminal justice is actually a broad term and includes covering a variety of topics which would finally come under the criminal law system. There can be a variety of career paths which a student can take up after his education in criminal law. The various number of professional areas included under criminal law are the border patrol Agent, Bailiff, Corrections officer, Crime scene investigator, Court reporter, CIA agent, Customs agent, Drug enforcement agent, Detective, FBI Agent, Industrial security specialist, Law librarian, Legal secretary, Postal service investigator, Police Officer, Legal secretary, Private investigator, Secret service agent, Probation & parole officer, U.S. Marshall and the Sheriff.

To attain any of the above positions, an associate’s, bachelors or master’s degree in the field of criminal justice is required. Associate and bachelor’s degree can only make it to entry-level jobs or can be the gateway to further advanced studies. A number of accredited universities and colleges are providing on-campus and online degree programs in criminal law with specialization in different topics. Some of the universities are providing degree programs in criminal justice and law with the specializations in Court Reporting, Justice administration, Law Degree, Paralegal and Legal Services and law and criminal law, while on the other hand certain other programs exclusively in policing and investigation have the major subjects as crime scene and forensics, Forensic Accounting, Law Enforcement and Forensics Science. Degree programs in Security as also picking up amongst the students and the program can offer majoring in Security & Loss Prevention, Corrections and Public Safety.

Various colleges are working efficiently to make many of the degree programs in criminal justice available to the students. Kaplan University is proud to be amongst the respected online institutions in the country and proud to be able to provide associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s program in criminal law. University of Phoenix also follows suit, and American Intercontinental University, Everest University Online, Colorado Technical University, Ashford University are a few amongst the large number of universities providing this unique advantage.

Criminal Justice degrees not only offer the opportunities for a great career but also instill the voice of justice and security and the sheer joy to be able to help the nation in the toughest of jobs is not an easy task.

Predator Reform Toward a Balanced Justice System

Posted on February 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

Current predator justice systems describe an unbalance of righteousness. In other words, whereas the predator and associated parties receive minimal punishment, the victim on the other hand develops life-long emotional and financial hardships. In addition as the predator smirks toward the justice system, many bewildered victims lie confused to a chaotic justice system. In addition since litigators derail justice and experts become ignored, instances of predator crimes will continue unless predator laws are modified toward prevention of predator activities. Hence the following changes are recommended toward predator reform, which attempts toward eradicating the predator problem. Furthermore, conditions are based upon the individual being guilty using existing legal methods. Highlights of changes are:

1. Increased mental and jail time where (age + years) > 110 years.
2. Penalties for monitors who ignore laws and create early release
3. Penalties for judges and prosecutors who ignore expert opinions
4. Confiscation of all predator’s assets
5. Confiscation of predator’s social security and other pension assets
6. Creation of a National Victims Fund
7. Establish predator retro-activity lengthening jail times
8. Penalties for predator associates including fines and jail times

For example:

Increased jail time: A mentally deranged individual or predator may not under stand crime acknowledgment. Therefore, the predator or mentally unstable individual, after one crime, must be secured in a predator facility, which will cure his mentally unstable condition. In essence no second legal chances are given toward predator monsters. Furthermore, being secured in a mental facility may be indefinite depending upon a doctor’s acknowledgment and acceptance of responsibility. However, after a doctor has successfully acknowledged treatment of the unstable predator, can the predator be moved to jail facility to receive his proper jail time. In other words, a mentally unstable individual or predator may not understand the crime, however being unstable does not provide an excuse to commit a crime. In any event, the minimum term for sentencing after the predator is deemed fit for jail time is based on age after predator recovery and shall be (recovered_age + jail years) equal to and greater than 110. Thus, if the individual is 30 years old after mental-health treatment and verified mentally stable, then minimum sentencing will be 80 years using the formula provided.

For example, the recent predator incidents should not have occurred if the predator was locked in a predator or mental facility until “cured.” Afterwords, the predator can perform his jail time acknowledging fault to his actions. Unfortunately, not listening to expert testimony or specialists creates baffled justice. In addition, public opinion warrants remedies toward justice. Furthermore, since existing parole monitoring techniques are obsolete lacking acknowledgment or responsibility, then alternate long-term solutions require replacement from existing methods. Thus, life-long sentences for predators, who kidnap and molest under-aged children. Capital punishment for predators, who kidnap, molest, and kill underage children. Of course, a positive connection must be made through various DNA or other scientific methods, which connects the predator to the victim.

Assets: Predators will be spending many years behind prison walls without requiring use of acquired assets. Thus, predator’s assets will be confiscated and acquired funds will be transferred to a national victim’s organization. In addition any acquired social security benefits upon eligibility will be transferred to the victims fund until death of the predator. Thus, while predator’s assets are being confiscated, victims can draw from these funds to provide long-term mental health, stability, and other unforeseen future expenses to themselves and their required medical needs. In essence providing a balanced justice system where predators receive life-time sentencing whereas victims are eligible for lifetime financial support. Access to the National Victims Fund (NVF) should be through on-line or snail mail applications intended toward minimal victim’s burdens, which may be similar to filing an online claim form.

Legal: Current justice system is defective combined with derailed justice attorneys. In addition recommendations by experts are ignored creating limited predator punishment. A recommended 11 year sentenced was reduced to just six years. In essence justice was not served while the victim suffers. Therefore, predator legal representatives, whose predator created additional crimes and or ignored experts’ recommendation, will be fined and penalized if maximum predator justice was not established. In addition if the predator was placed in a mental institution prior to serving his or her recognized jail time, then predator repeat instances would not occur. Unfortunately, lack of responsibility for decisions can lead to further predator incidents.

Retroactive feature: Currently the parole board is overworked and understaffed. Thus, having an overworked and understaffed workforce creates problems for our society. On the other hand, having existing predators, which are wandering, are outside the jail system or not in a locked facility, and unknown to society should be re-entered into the jail system using the formula provided. In essence laws will be changed to protect the innocent. Furthermore, as other policies may change without notice, predator laws may change without predator notice. In any event, an argument might occur that a law is being changed after the crime and the new law is applied. Point being, common sense should rule where “Thou shall not molest children” is applied before or after a horrendous crime is committed. Furthermore, since Constitutionality may apply and the Constitution is based on GOD’s law, then retro activity should occur. Unfortunately, as stated by Diederich (2000), “The Constitution bars both state and federal legislatures from passing ex post facto laws” (p. 1). In essence challenges remain toward predator retro activity.

Family or associated child abuse organizations: Children are not born as predators. However, children through their upbringing and surrounding through family abuse develop into predators. In essence, parents or associates of children who through neglect and abuse create predators and should be held accountable for creating predators. In essence if the parents did not abuse the child, then the child does not become a predator. Abuse conditions may be starvation, isolation, excessive punishment, or any deemed abnormal condition. As stated by Hickey, Ph. D. (2010), “The early recognition of these signs can save a child from growing up an angry and isolated adult who turns to violence as a way to relieve his childhood pain.” In essence the predator is relieving his childhood pain through violence and prior neglect and uses violence toward recognition. Thus, associated adults who were parents to predators must pay through monetary and jail time sending messages of predator intolerance. Hence, through discovery, predator creators can be brought to justice.

Note: The above article was written in response to the Amber Dubois and Chelsea King slaying combined with using acquired educational training. In addition writing to the King family produced no results, thus hopefully King or Dubois family direction will be guided toward this site for enhanced justice system. In addition further references toward the aforementioned can be acquired from the author providing further insight toward justice. Contact email is [email protected].

References:

Hickey, E. Ph. D. (2010). Eric W. Hickey, Ph.D. Criminologist – Consultant. Retrieved March 18, 2010, from website http://erichickey.com/

Diederich, B. R. (2000). Risking Retroactive Punishment: Modifications of the Supervised Release Statute and the Ex Post Facto Prohibition. Social Science Research Network. Retrieved March 20, 2010, from website http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=212878

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