VCU criminologist is helping develop a worldwide approach to ethics education

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Jay Albanese is among a group of experts from 30 countries developing curriculum on crime and justice-related topics for instructors across the world.

A street vendor is selling a counterfeit designer handbag at an amazing price. What’s the harm in buying one and saving hundreds of dollars?

Lots, according to Jay Albanese, Ph.D., a renowned criminologist and professor of criminal justice in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“The result of you buying the bag is you’re supporting the criminal enterprise that manufactured it, the profits of which go to the further enslavement of workers, intellectual property theft against the legitimate bag maker, and money laundering through other countries,” Albanese said.

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