Posts Categorized: Criminal Justice

Juvenile Recidivism: A Second Chance

Illustration of the "scales of justice" in shades of green.

A big challenge facing the criminal justice system is juvenile recidivism, repeat criminal offenses by minors. While there are no national estimates, individual states keep statistics on juvenile offenses and how many are committing multiple crimes. In recent years, the arrest rate for minors has declined, in part because of measures put in place to… Read more »

Troopers and Tech: The Relationship Between Policing and Technology

Illustration of a police officer with icons for justice, surveillance cameras and other technologies in the background.

Just as average citizens use technological innovations as part of their daily routines, many law enforcement agencies are adopting new technology, as well. From social media to on-the-go cameras, these technological advancements are changing not only the way we interact with one another, but also how police departments conduct their daily business. Policing and Technology… Read more »

25 Latin Legal Terms You Should Know

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Latin legal terms can seem like a language outside of your everyday use, but you may be surprised at how many you already know. We’ve all watched a suspect give an alibi while watching our favorite legal drama, and you’ve likely entered many quid pro quo agreements if you’ve ever swapped books, recipes or even… Read more »

5 Famous Court Cases

Much like a car crash, Americans can’t help but “rubberneck” to watch a high-profile court case. The United States has a unique fascination with true crime and criminal cases. The response to TV viewer ratings for the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995 spawned network shows like The Practice, Boston Legal, NCIS and drove up ratings… Read more »

A Primer to Psychological Theories of Crime

A major emphasis in criminology — the study of crime and criminals — is why people commit crimes. Social and psychological theories of crime are two of the most common perspectives of how criminal activity develops. Psychological theories of crime have been influential in shaping the way society thinks about crime and delinquency and in… Read more »

Addressing Transgressions: Types of Criminal Punishment

Types of Criminal Punishment

Systems of criminal punishment exist to serve justice to offenders and protect the public. Every society, throughout history and across the world, has unique ideas about the meaning of these concepts. This has given rise to a variety of theories about how to address offenders and their actions. Different Types of Criminal Punishment The following… Read more »

An Introduction to Restorative Justice

“Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior,” explains the Centre for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR). Although the concept is far from new, it gained modern prominence in the 1970s as an alternative to traditional methods of handling crime, The New York Times reports. Understanding restorative justice… Read more »

Closing the Dark Net: The Story Behind the Silk Road Busts

When the FBI arrested Silk Road founder and operator Ross Ulbricht, the online marketplace for illegal drugs had already hosted exchanges worth $1.2 billion, according to The Washington Post. Considered one of the darkest corners of the internet, Silk Road and its successor, Silk Road 2.0, showcase how present the black market remains in society…. Read more »

The New Black Market: Understanding the Underground Economy

The underground economy, or black market, encompasses all off-the-books or unlicensed activities that make money. It’s a shadow economy of informal transactions that go untaxed. Law enforcement and security professionals play an important role in fighting the crime and illegal activity occurring in the underground economy. What Is the Black Market? According to Investopedia, black… Read more »