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Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 2, Issue 3

The New Wave of Designer Drugs: A Review for Criminal Justice and Forensic Professionals

Designer drugs are often not detected by the drug tests commonly utilized in criminal justice and forensic settings. Going forward, greater awareness of designer drugs by forensic, clinical, and law enforcement professionals and sophisticated research are necessary. View online or by PDF.

Elder Abuse and Suicidal Behavior: What Forensic Professionals Need to Know

Elder Abuse and Suicidal Behavior: What Forensic Professionals Need to KnowPsychosocial factors found in mistreated elders are often present in elders who attempted or completed suicide, yet there has been little recognition that these two problems may be closely related. This must be remedied as the aged population increases and may drive a sharp rise in the incidence of elder suicide and elder abuse. View online or by PDF.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Firesetting Behaviors: A Call on Fire Professionals to Become FASD-Informed

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Despite pervasive symptoms, individuals with FASD often go undiagnosed and untreated, sometimes resulting in interactions with fire service responders, law enforcement professionals, and other community providers. View online or by PDF.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS): A Review for Criminal Justice, Forensic, Legal, and Mental Health Professionals


It is likely that individuals with Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS) will become involved in the criminal justice system as either witnesses, victims, or defendants as a result of the symptoms and complications associated with latent WKS. This is problematic because these deficits likely undermine the capacity to function. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Competency to Stand Trial (CST) Case Law: A Need for Further Understanding and Research

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A failure to adequately consider the impact of the cognitive and adaptive symptoms of FASD on a defendant’s competency to stand trial and as a mitigating factor for sentencing have served as the basis of a number of appeals. View online or by PDF.

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Message from the Editor

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a set of pervasive, life-long conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The consequences associated with prenatal alcohol exposure can contribute to a host of adverse outcomes that can impact behavioral, cognitive, educational, social, and vocational capacities. Deficits associated with FASD can lead to individual issues with decision-making, long-term planning and understanding, memory, suggestibility, confabulation, and vulnerability, all of which may predispose individuals with FASD to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Without proper recognition of the diagnosis, suspects, defendants, victims, and witnesses with FASD may experience a host of challenges and obstacles during several different points-of-contact in the criminal justice system (i.e., pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-sentencing). Forensic Scholars Today (FST) recognizes the importance of educating students and professionals on the complexities and misconceptions of FASD.

– Jerrod Brown, Editor-in-Chief