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National Academies Press (NAP) E-Books
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The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy SEAL by
Call Number: DS79.76 K95 A3 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-24
Selection of Available eBooks
A Selection of Available E-Books
Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice by This is a hopeful but complicated era for those with ambitions to reform the juvenile courts and youth-serving public institutions in the United States. As advocates plea for major reforms, many fear the public backlash in making dramatic changes. Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice provides a look at the recent trends in juvenile justice as well as suggestions for reforms and policy changes in the future. Should youth be treated as adults when they break the law? How can youth be deterred from crime? What factors should be considered in how youth are punished? What role should the police have in schools? This essential volume, edited by two of the leading scholars on juvenile justice, and with contributors who are among the key experts on each issue, the volume focuses on the most pressing issues of the day: the impact of neuroscience on our understanding of brain development and subsequent sentencing, the relationship of schools and the police, the issue of the school-to-prison pipeline, the impact of immigration, the privacy of juvenile records, and the need for national policies—including registration requirements--for juvenile sex offenders. Choosing the Future for American Juvenile Justice is not only a timely collection, based on the most current research, but also a forward-thinking volume that anticipates the needs for substantive and future changes in juvenile justice.
Publication Date: 2014-05-02
Gun Policy in the United States and Canada by The shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 was one of the worst mass murders in the U.S., but it did not lead to any new federal gun control policy. In contrast, following a similar event in Montreal in 1989, Canada created new comprehensive gun policy. Such different outcomes are the focus of this survey, which sets out to explore the gun policymaking process in the U.S. and Canada in the aftermath of major events. It explores the many factors that lead to the drastically different reactions of the federal governments in each state if the aftermath of a mass shooting or assassination. To do so, it examines such elements as institutional arrangements, interest groups pressures (NRA, e.g.), and the party in power, studying the impact of such key events as the assassinations of J.F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgina Leimonis and shootings that occurred at Columbine, Stockton, and Vernon. A unique comparative study, Gun Policy in the United States and Canada will be an essential resource to anyone researching gun policy issues and comparative policymaking.
Publication Date: 2012-04-26
The First Responder's Field Guide to Hazmat & Terrorism Emergency Response by Have the contents of an entire hazardous materials and WMD first responder course at your fingertips when you need it most... at an incident. This handy field guide covers most of the operational level first responder competencies identified in NFPA 472 and 473, with guidelines to help you recognize and safely manage any hazmat incident or WMD event. It's the perfect companion to the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).The information is organized into fourteen chapters:1. The'Quick Reference Guide'contains a concise overview of your responsibilities as a first responder.2.'Recognizing and Responding to a Hazmat/WMD Incident'has detailed explanations and guidelines on each of the tasks listed in Chapter 1.3.'Labels, Placards, and Other Marking Systems'provides key points on each of the hazard classes and information on various other marking systems.4.'Container Recognition'provides clues about the types of products found in various containers and how these containers behave in an emergency. Look at both the general information about the type of container (nonbulk package, cargo tank, rail car, etc.) and specific information about the particular container(s) in question.5.'Assessing the Hazards'contains information on how hazardous materials cause harm, toxicological terms and exposure limits, properties of flammable liquids, chemical and physical properties, and guidelines for dealing with special hazmat situations.6.'Medical Management of Hazmat Exposures'has information on the risk of secondary contamination, patient decon, triage, health effects of hazardous materials commonly encountered, EMS treatment protocols, and medical support of hazmat response personnel.7.'Introduction to Terrorism'provides information on distinguishing a terrorist event from an accident and distinguishing between chemical and biological warfare agents.8.'Explosives Incidents'has information on how to recognize common explosives and initiation devices and guidelines on what to do upon discovery of a device or after detonation of an explosive.9.'Chemical Warfare Agents'has general information on how to deal with incidents involving chemical warfare agents, as well as more detailed information on nerve agents, blister agents, blood agents, choking agents, and riot control agents.10.'Biological Warfare Agents'provides general information on dealing with incidents involving biological warfare agents, as well as more detailed information on specific biological agents.11.'Nuclear Events'has information on dealing with incidents (intentional or accidental) involving radioactive materials.12.'Tactical Considerations'provides more information on defensive options and the use of foam.13.'Additional Considerations'includes guidelines on dealing with the media, minimizing liability, developing protective action messages, preserving evidence, and dealing with children.14.'Resources for Information and Assistance'provides information on various agencies that can help you manage a hazmat incident or terrorist event. Five previous editions were released in print form. The book was updated for this 2014 eBook edition.
Publication Date: 2014
Framework for Understanding Poverty: a Cognitive Approach by When viewed through an economic lens, poverty can be defined as an absence of resources. Since 1995, Framework's basic premise is that the middle-class understandings of those who work with children and adults in poverty are often ill-suited for connecting with and helping people build up resources and rise out of poverty. Now, 18 years and 1.5 million copies later, Framework has evolved into a comprehensive and coordinated network of publications, training, programs, and support (see front pages for a listing of related publications and resources) that encompass the key intersections of people in poverty with those who serve them, including: - Educators—from preschool to postsecondary - Social workers, healthcare workers, law enforcement, and judicial systems - Employers and business leaders - Communities of all sizes, including municipal and faith communities - Individuals, parents, and intergenerational families This revised, updated, and expanded edition of Framework: A Cognitive Approach features an enhanced chapter on instruction and achievement; greater emphasis on the thinking, communication, and learning patterns involved in breaking out of poverty; plentiful citations, case studies, and data; more detailed findings about interventions, resources, and causes of poverty; and a review of the outlook for people in poverty—and those who work with them.
Publication Date: 2013-07-01
Special Purchase E-Book: Peyote
Peyote: History, Tradition, Politics, and Conservation by This book explains the role that peyote—a hallucinogenic cactus—plays in the religious and spiritual fulfillment of certain peoples in the United States and Mexico, and examines pressing issues concerning the regulation and conservation of peyote as well as issues of indigenous and religious rights.• Explains the complete history of the peyote plant in the United States, presenting views from religions including Native American and Christian churches, the creation and evolution of U.S. law regarding peyote, state and federal legal protections since 1990, reasons for the plant's apparent demise, and arguments for its stronger protection • Identifies current peyote protective laws in Mexico and Canada• Documents how many U.S. residents, including Native Americans, commonly use peyote as a spirituality enhancer or illegal recreational drug within the United States, or do so as tourists when visiting Mexico...
Publication Date: 2016