Learning Objectives

As a result of reading this chapter, you will be able to

  1. Describe the current drug epidemic in the United States, particularly the status of opioid use and marijuana legislation, and what is being done by first responders, courts, and legislators toward dealing with illicit drug abuse
  2. Define and explain major issues facing the United States and its criminal justice system relating to handling of sex trafficking, to include current legislation, programs, and proposals to address those challenges
  3. Delineate the types of terrorism—including cyberterrorism, bioterrorism, school shootings, and gun violence in general—and some approaches for combating these issues
  4. Explain the controversial nature and recent patterns of illegal immigration, what is known about the link between illegal immigration and crime, dealing with asylum seekers, and the debate surrounding construction of a border wall