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UA earns 2015 Community Engagement Classification from Carnegie Foundation

During the 2013-2014 academic year, almost 14,000 students at The University of Akron participated in a community service activity adding up to 127,396 hours of their time. Law students also put their best volunteer feet forward, giving 13,836 hours since September 2013.
Their efforts led the Carnegie Foundation for the Advanceme ... (full story)


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New system gives Cleveland kids better chance at diversion

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new program instituted by prosecutors and court officials in northeast Ohio will try to give juveniles in Cleveland a better chance of entering diversion programs instead of being charged with crimes.
Cuyahoga County officials say the previous system resulted in roughly half of suburban juveniles having t ... (full story)


Police urged to directly engage minority communities

Police urged to directly engage minority communities

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police must demonstrate a commitment to directly engage the people they serve if relations between officers and minorities are going to improve, a criminal justice expert said at an Ohio public forum last Tuesday.
Mistrust of police only serves to make violent neighborhoods worse, said David Kennedy of the ... (full story)


Split court affirms long child porn sentence but dissent wants sentencing changes

A split panel of three judges in the federal 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered the case of Michael Walters, a man who admitted to possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography.
Walters was apprehended after federal agents acting under the auspices of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Fo ... (full story)


Rape, kidnapping convictions upheld for man who attacked ex-wife

A Columbus man found guilty of raping and kidnapping his ex-wife recently won, in part, his argument before the 10th District Court of Appeals.
The three-judge appellate panel affirmed Henry Durdin Jr.’s convictions for having a weapon while under disability, rape, kidnapping and the sexually violent predator specification. ... (full story)