Types of Crimes

When a Crime Involves a Gun

Americans have the right to own guns, but there are restrictions on where and how these guns can be used. Although licensed owners can use a gun for self-defe.... Read more

When Meds Become Prescription for P...

Abuse of prescription painkillers is a public health epidemic. In 2011, more people died from prescription painkiller overdoses than from heroin, cocaine and .... Read more

Marijuana Legality Explained

Marijuana laws vary considerably. The states of Colorado and Washington are the first in the nation to legalize, tax and regulate the recreational possession .... Read more

Types of Crimes

Keeping Tabs on Sex Offenders

When it comes to treatment of convicted sex offenders, Americans and the American justice system are very concerned. Sex offenders are seen as targeting the most vulnerable populations, especially wom... Read more

Mandatory DNA Testing Is Constitutional

Modern DNA analysis has revolutionized the criminal justice system. It has been used to prove - without a doubt - that suspects were involved in crimes and to free people who were wrongly convicted. T... Read more

Home Confinement as an Alternative to Prison

Today’s jails and prisons are overcrowded and expensive. To cope, court systems increasingly offer home confinement, or house arrest, as an alternative to traditional incarceration. Home confinement b... Read more

How High Is Too High To Drive?

In 2013, Washington and Colorado passed laws allowing the recreational use of marijuana. Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia allow medicinal use of marijuana. Do these changes mean that you ... Read more

When Is a Prisoner Released to a Halfway House?

Towards the end of their sentences, inmates and parolees can be sent to halfway houses. These are also called community corrections centers or residential reentry centers. Halfway houses are supposed ... Read more

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