Articles by Gretchen Schmidt, JD

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Gretchen Schmidt has been in academia for nearly 20 years. Currently she serves as the Faculty program director for the MSCJ program and the Paralegal Studies Program at Excelsior. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1998 after several years in the legal field she determined that she could give back more and make more of an impact on peoples lives through teaching. She went back to school and earned an MSCJ with a forensic psychology concentration and an MBA. As a lifelong learner herself, she truly believes in Excelsior's mission.

Research shows that while on the job, law enforcement officers are physiologically experiencing a “bipolar effect.”  While on shift, their bodies are in “fight or flight mode” akin to being in a manic state. However, when they come off shift they come “down,” akin to the depression state of bipolarism. The expected result of this …

gavel and scales of justice

Note: The following is an abridged article based on an Academy of Criminal Justices Sciences presentation Pre-trial detention is both costly and often is disproportionately leveraged against minorities and those with lower socio-economical means. Courts nationwide are looking to algorithms to determine whether a defendant should be detained pending trial. The goal of using algorithms is …