This paper considers the current punitive justice model in comparison with procedural, moral and restorative justice models in an attempt to discover applicability as well as validity based on psychological models of behavior and interaction. Further examination is presented regarding applicable candidates and relevant crimes as well as the benefits and risks associated with them.
Dana Ewell needed money for drugs, alcohol, and partying but the only work he was willing to do for it was mastermind the murder of his parents and sister.
When it comes down to it, criminals protect themselves. They will do whatever it takes to keep themselves out of prison, even if that means ratting out fellow criminals.
When facing the executioner, some people are remorseful, some defiant, some courageous, while others even try humour in their final message to the world.
Ted Kimble wanted his wife dead so he could collect the life insurance, so he convinced his brother Ronnie Kimble to do it for him.
Billy King Rat Wright was a sectarian serial killer and alleged British agent who enjoyed carte blanche to carry out his terror campaign in Mid-Ulster. All that was to change when he entered the H-Blocks and became a target of an elite INLA unit.
Charles Manson was a violent criminal who convinced others to murder. God never wanted Manson to commit atrocious acts of violence. He wanted him to love his fellow man, not kill them.
When someone says the word "prison" we immediately have associations and assumptions about what it is like based on media portrayals and pervasive stereotypes.
In the mid-eighteenth century, social philosophers began arguing for a more rational approach to criminal punishment: This article describes that turning point in the history of criminology.
What drove a well-educated, middle-class woman to add strychnine to chocolate fancies? Was she mad, bad or both?
Ted Bundy's reign of terror may have begun during his teenage years with a many as a 100 murders, experts say. Lynda Ann Healy was one of his victims.
Kyle Fleischman was just 24 when he went missing after a night at the bar. It’s suspected that he was murdered while attempting to walk home, but he has never been found. Possible robbery or gang activity could be involved, but nothing solid has ever been announced.
Once the country learned her story, Colleen Stan's experience was considered to be "unparalleled in FBI history." Here is the story of the girl who spent more than 7 years locked in a box under a bed.
An Irish immigrant from a good family turned his back on respectability and became a vicious hoodlum in the 1920s.
This article consists of arguments in defense of imposing capital punishment. Countries that use the death penalty often have more security and economic growth, and I believe that capital punishment must be implemented to execute true justice.
This article provides a list of some of the most notorious serial killers in the history of the United States. Body counts weren't emphasized in this story, instead the infamous nature of these dastardly criminals.
Dianne Masters wanted to divorce her powerful attorney husband, but Alan had too much to lose to let her out of the marriage alive.
When Betty Gore confronted Candy Montgomery about having an affair with her husband, Candy hacked her friend 40 times with an ax...and got away with it!
Tyarra was 19 years old and had just enrolled in college before she disappeared from her North Carolina apartment. She went to visit a friend in the evening and never came back home. This article goes in depth of her life, disappearance and the theories around her case.
The Black Dahlia is the nickname given to Elizabeth Short. Her naked body was found severed in half on the streets of Los Angeles, California. This article talks about who she was before being remembered as just a murder victim.
On average, there are 90,000 missing peeple in the U.S at any given time. Many of which will never be found
How much abuse must a woman endure before she can turn on her violent partner, perhaps kill him, and use a self-defence plea?
The heartbreaking stories of decades-old homicide and missing persons cases classified as present day cold cases.
On March 21 of 2019, Sarah Galloway mysteriously vanished from her home near Tucson. She is a 38-year-old woman with Down syndrome.
Anjette Lyles was known for her good cooking but no one could have suspected the deadly recipes she was brewing up for her loved ones.
The murder of Nipsey Hussle captured the attention of the world. Within days, the Los Angeles Police had a suspect in custody by the name of Eric Holder. But is he really the one who killed the California-based rapper?
A quick look into juvenile crime and the courts. Risk factors and what we can do to help prevent juveniles from turning to a delinquent lifestyle.
Ever felt as if "big Brother" might be watching? Well, he is! And he might be watching you. Find out how your personal information becomes public information amid the stroke of a key; and how criminal charges may be forgiven, but never forgotten. Chances are, YOU are at risk if you've ever even been convicted of a misdemeanor...Read on! You might be unpleasantly surprised!
The name 'George Jung' probably doesn't ring a bell when you first hear it. However, his life story is definitely a very intriguing one. George Jung (aka Boston George) was probably the largest smuggler of cocaine in American history.
In the summer of 1946 twelve year old Muriel Drinkwater took a short cut through the woods and was brutally murdered. Labelled 'The Red Riding Hood Murder' it has remained an unsolved crime.
They disappeared as teenagers in the 1980s. Today, if alive, they may be wives, husbands, fathers, mothers - possibly even grandparents.
HH Holmes was the world's first serial killer, hiding his crimes under the cover of the World's Fair in Chicago.
How William Dorr crossed the country to commit a remarkable murder. A tale of greed, incest, and homicide.
Nieko Lisi disappeared from New York when he was 18 years old. His mother continues to search for answers to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her child. The last person to see Nieko is also dead.
Ever see the acronyms MAP or AOA on social media and wonder what they stood for? They are used as a codified language by an ever-growing online cabal of child abusers to identify themselves. If this is too shocking, discontinue reading. But if you care about kids' safety online, read on.
This article is about Lansing State Penitentiary's J.A.I.L program, otherwise known as "Scared Straight".
Adults Americans have the right to go missing, but they may still need help. On any given day, nearly 100,000 people are listed as active missing in the FBI database in the United States. What happens when someone is entered into the NCIC database?
Specialized courts, which can include drug courts, mental health courts, and domestic violence courts, offer a promising alternative to traditional courts resulting in lower recidivism, cost savings and smaller case loads for traditional courts.
Mass incarceration has taken a toll on our communities and economy. This article discusses informative data concerning non-violent offenses and its contribution to poverty and unemployment increases.
Many people are unaware that prisons actually have libraries. I wrote another essay similar to this one, but hope to take a slightly different angle here. Prisons are required to have libraries...
Amy Archer-Gilligan is a famous female serial killer responsible for the deaths of many of the residents at her Old People's Home. However, at first, no one is the least bit suspicious. Until it is far too late.
A student crashes her car in the snow, then vanishes without a trace. Maura Murray was a 21-year-old nursing student at the time of her disappearance.
When a famous person goes missing, it captures both celebrity culture and our curiosity. Nothing is more perplexing than a missing person's case and in a world where celebrities have little privacy, it's all the more confusing when they simply vanish.
A brief introduction into the "how" behind crime. The three elements that must be present for a crime to occur.
It is not just a matter of a man’s guilt or innocence, but it is also a matter of ethics when we chose to act as the jury and executioner.
I have previously written about my prison stay, more of a what to expect type hub. This is written to give a little more in depth view of how to handle yourself and avoid potential pitfalls.
What happened to Maura Murray? In February 2004 the 21-year-old was said to be last spotted near a car accident in New Hampshire. Some speculate her disappearance could be connected to alleged serial killer Israel Keyes. Here are the theories vs. facts.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). Mentioned by O. J. Simpson during his parole hearing. Everyone should take it. The best prison program.
The Netflix documentary Making a Murderer grabbed the attention of the world with it's portrayal of convicted murderer Steven Avery as a man who was falsely imprisoned.
A young 15-year-old was grabbed just half a block from her home. Witnesses saw it happen, but due to miscommunication in the police force, they didn't search for her until it was too late. They had a very strong lead, but she was still never found.
On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Elizabeth was kept chained, dressed in disguise, and repeatedly raped.
Nobody left Bart Corbin alive. In 1989, he murdered a girlfriend. In 2004, he murdered his wife Jennifer Corbin before she divorced him.
Shoplifting is a serious crime, however some people do it as a stunt. Have you ever wondered what happens if you get caught shoplifting? Here you will find the answer.
Being in prison is totally unlike life on the outside so it’s best to be prepared for being incarcerated; some well-heeled criminals even hire prison coaches.
On January 29, 1979, a teenage girl named Brenda began shooting at an elementary school with a rifle given to her by her father. A songwriter named Bob Geldof heard this news and wrote the song "I Don't Like Mondays" and the song would become an iconic hit for his band, The Boomtown Rats.
After Ruth Pelke was viciously murdered by 15-year-old Paula Cooper, Ruth’s grandson, Bill Pelke, forgave Cooper and fought against the sentence that made the teen the youngest inmate on death row.
Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, were discovered dead at their home on December 15, 2017
Small towns are supposed to be safe and idyllic places to live, but is that just a stereotype? Here, we examine the death of Jessica Chambers, the mysterious Be-Lo triple killings and the tragic death of three girl scouts.
Garnell was a young boy in Maryland that disappeared in August of 2001, but the police didn't start looking for him until 2006. In this article, I explain the events leading up to why it took so long for police to realize he was gone.
When a serial killer is captured, we can rest easy knowing they will spend the rest of their lives in prison. But will they? What happens when they're released to kill again?
Should judges be appointed or elected? Events suggest even secret selection is better than being voted onto the bench by the public.
A sweet, kind 10 year old boy in Nevada went missing in 1983 on his way to school. Police didn't even begin to look for him until he was missing for a whole week! This article tells what happened on that day before he disappeared, and why the police didn't do their job.
In the summer of 1968, the body of a small child was found in a derelict house in Newcastle. A few months later, a second was discovered. Both toddlers had been murdered. Within days of the second killing, the murderer was unmasked as an 11-year-old schoolgirl, Mary Flora Bell.
All Americans are impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex system (PIC). This system is a wide-ranging an enormously tragic stain on America—the land of the free. Learn more about the PIC and how it affects you.
What so I do if I am stopped by a police officer? What are my rights when confronting law enforcement? Do I still have rights if I am not a legal immigrant?
Joseph Pikul was a controlling and abusive man. When his wife Diane Pikul grew tired of his tirades and decided to divorce him, he murdered her instead.
One of the most horrifying crimes comes about when a doctor, trusted at the deepest physical and psychological levels, exploits their position.
This article looks at books that have been written by prisoners who are either still incarcerated or have been previously. The ones in this list are my favorites
Serial killers have shaped the FBI's behavioral analysis unit, for the better. The real Mindhunters have been able to better understand killers and why they kill like they do.
Capital punishment is a current and emotive topic in US media. How is it that public perceptions of the death penalty can be influenced and in turn shape public policy?
Eighty-six years later, convincing evidence has been given that Susie's brother Alexander Williams, did not commit a murder he was electrocuted for. Alexander was a black minor at the time of death. He was convicted and put to death by an all-white male jury, without fully comprehending why.
On any given day, there are approximately 90,000 active missing person cases in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) at the FBI. Here are 10 missing persons whose families are desperately searching for them.
According to Jennifer Truman of the U.S. Department of Justice, "During 2010, U.S. residents age 12 and older experienced an estimated 18.7 million violent and property crime victimizations (2011). While this rate is down from previous years, this...
Logan Schiendelman was 19 when he went missing from Tumwater, Washington. With a severe peanut allergy and without his EpiPen, his family worried about his survival. Around when he went missing, there was a lot of family drama stirring up and some wonder if that could have led to him running away.
The strange case of Dr. John Hill and Joan Robinson Hill. John's affair with the thrice-divorced Ann Kurth was the beginning of the end. Joan died suddenly in 1969 at age 38.
Over the years our criminal justice system has taken steps to improve the efficacy and reliabilty of its final outcomes. However, several innocent individuals have been incarcerated or executed due to negligence. The "fortunate" ones were able to get exonerated after years of suffering in prison.
One of the most baffling crimes in British history took place in a quiet Liverpool neighbourhood in 1931.
Jennifer was just 11 years old when she vanished less than five minutes from her home. She was in Reno, Nevada and had made this trip many times before, but this time something went wrong.
With budget cuts and many in-patient facilities being closed down, mental health consumers are finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.
Mackenzie Lueck, 23, vanished on June 17, 2019, from Salt Lake City, Utah. During an intensive investigation of Lueck’s disappearance, police made a grisly discovery on Friday, June 28.
"Mumia is an adroit interpreter of the signs of the times and even in his extremely vulnerable position has never hesitated to speak truth to power." Carolina Saldana
The study of criminological theory is an opportunity to analyze crime through explanations for the creation of criminals and criminal behavior. Each theory explains a reason for crime.
Instead of spending time in jail, inmates can serve their sentence in a college writing class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Prison inmates continue to escape prison in hopes of being free and hiding out in some exotic location.
An in-depth look at prevention, treatment, and risk assessment as it relates to juvenile delinquency.
American serial killer Dennis Rader was also known as BTK. BTK stands for bind, torture, and kill, which is what he did to his victims. Here is a brief overview of his life and murders.
Leonard Peltier is a Native American who has spent more than four decades, and counting, in prison for a crime he almost certainly did not commit.
Leonarda Cianciulli became a serial killer and a cannibal in an attempt to protect her family. Unfortunately, she was able to kill multiple innocent victims before she was finally snatched by the police. She was anything but sorry for her crimes.
The Cecil, renamed The Stay on Main has undergone a few revamps, the latest of which includes a turn as micro-apartment housing. Read on for the creepy history of the former hotel and what the future holds for it.
Joy Davis Aylor was angry about her her husband's affair, so she hired a man to kill the woman and later attempted to kill the man she claimed to love.
Seven-year-old Karen went missing in 1996. She was taken outside of her apartments, and police think her case is connected to Esther Galaz, who was also taken from her apartment and found murdered in the same area. Karen has not been found.
A 24-year-old woman disappeared off of a Disney cruise ship. Surrounded by mystery and possible cover-ups, this case has never been solved. In this article, I cover all the information I could find from several sources. The question remains: what happened to Rebecca?
A brief, comprehensive view on the history of the penal system in America, from its very beginnings to an overview of its current standings.
On Christmas Eve, 2002, 27-year-old, Laci Peterson, who was high months pregnant, disappeared and captivated the nation.
You might think that the Borden axe murders are a pretty open-and-shut case, but why did she do it? Is she a victim of abuse or a psychotic killer, or both? We explore these questions and more.
When working to reduce crime which method is more effective, punishment or rehabilitation? What is Rehabilitation? What is Punishment?
Remembering two tragedies that shook the orderly university community of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, in the 1980s: The Hendricks murders in 1983 and the S&S Liquor Store murders in 1988.
John Wayne Gacy is one of the worst serial killers in U.S. history. The brutality of his crimes stunned even seasoned detectives. He sexually assaulted and killed 33 young men for his own pleasure and buried 29 of them under his crawl space. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.
She may have been born poor, but Pat Allanson didn't intend to die that way, even if it meant murdering her in-laws and others to get there.
The prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison hold rodeos as fund raisers several times a year; the events are often sold out.
Your first trip to the El Paso County CJC can be not only unpleasant, but also pretty intimidating. Here are a few guidelines to follow, and what to expect when you get there.
So you work in retail, and get frustrated by the droves coming into your stores taking what they'd like and disappearing into the moonlight. You wish there was something you could do about it. Well, you can.
Nannie Doss killed many people, the last of which was her fifth husband, Samuel Doss. She was probably laughing during—and definitely after—each murder. Hence she got her nickname: the Giggling Granny.
In the early morning of August 14, 1936, 22-year-old Rainey Bethea was hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky before an admiring crowd of 20,000 people.
Sandra Butler was a 16-year-old girl who went missing from Sparks, Nevada in 1976. This article discusses what happened when she was last seen and the theories of what people and authorities think happened to this poor girl.
Personal safety is something that we are all concerned with on some level. We would all like to think that we are safe while on the job, but that isn't always the case. The following stories detail instances in which workplace danger was hiding in plain sight.
Regina Bos was a local Lincoln, Nebraska, woman who went missing without a trace in 2000. This is the case that got me interested in missing persons because she was my family and she has never been found.
Murders are always brutal and disturbing. These killings left police stumped and questions lingering for decades. These are five of the most vexing murder mysteries of all time.
Do you have the time that will be necessary to competently prepare your case? Will you have the ability to follow written instructions, and can you work by yourself to prepare your case? If your answer to these questions was "Yes" then you should be competent enough to be your own representative in a courtroom.
A 9-year-old girl went missing from her home after answering the door when a mysterious man came knocking. Her sister witnessed her and the man, who called himself Uncle Joe, talking through the door before she opened it and was grabbed.
The United States of America, a country with 5% of the world's population, houses 25% of its prison population. How did it come to this? Let's take an in-depth look at the American prison system.
LaQuanta was just 19 when she disappeared after leaving with a friend. She was an aspiring forensic scientist and had a full scholarship to college. It is believed the police did little to help find her, and her mother is hopeful that she's still alive.
A Recap of the Crime of Kidnapping and Murder of a 17 yr. old Mississippi Girl, Shondra May...A Case Still Unsolved.
As soon as we get through Dillinger's learning curve, we'll see things get a little more professional. Until then, they're lucky that they made it this far.
Those who have the job of carrying out a death sentence often end up in poor emotional shape brought on by the nature of their work.
Short meditation on the current design of the correctional system and the psychological impact of solitary confinement
Joan Risch went missing in the '60s and nobody seems to know exactly what happened. The evidence points to a number of theories ranging from a kidnapping to a woman purposefully disappearing. In this article, I'll discuss all the evidence and theories as to what happened to Joan.
Trina Garnett, a schizophrenic, has spent 40 years in prison against the wishes of her judge, over an accident that occurred when she was only 14.
On December 15, 1994, Joann and Alex Katrinak went missing. Four months later their bodies were found. Patricia Rorrer was convicted of murdering the mother and son, but there's overwhelming evidence indicating that she's innocent.
Now deceased, Glasgow's very own Godfather, Arthur Thompson, was one of the most vicious and ruthless gangsters Glasgow had ever seen.
There are many reasons to declare a mistrial and the impact can be devastating to the prosecution and to the public. Take an in depth look at why mistrials happen and the effect they have.
There are many fugitives still on the run across the world that law enforcement is trying to recapture.
Tragedies can affect communities and society as a whole. The AMBER Alert system is dedicated to Amber Hagerman, who disappeared at age 9. The Black and Missing Foundation was inspired by the missing Tamika Huston. Sometimes it only takes one person to make a difference that impacts us all.
The Crumlin Road Gaol saw approximately 25,000 political prisoners pass through its grim doors, in its 150-year life as a prison.
David Warner was twelve when he disappeared without a trace. No clues, no suspects—he was just gone. This article details his life up to when he vanished and how his family is still hopeful they can get answers after all these years.
Was Michelle Von Emster the unfortunate victim of shark attack, or was something more sinister afoot?
A wrongful conviction is the conviction of a person who is, in fact, innocent of the crime they are accused of. In this article, we'll talk about why this is happening and what the justice system can do to prevent it.
Ted Bundy was a bloodthirsty killer. But though many were beginning to suspect it, proving it was another matter back in the 70s—until the discovery of bite mark evidence. With the use of forensic dentistry or odontology, the jury convicted Bundy. Two dentists ended his reign of terror.
Was Gypsy Blanchard really a cold-blooded killer or did she orchastrate the death of her mother in order to free herself from the abuse she was getting in order for her mother to use her for profit?
Death penalty opponents often ask "but what if we execute the wrong person"? In this essay I argue that the death penalty is just, even at the risk of wrongly accusing and executing an innocent man.
There are many levels of security in US prisons, ranging from minimum to maximum. Find out what the differences are between the lowest levels of security and the highest.
A biased and sloppy police investigation led to four American sailors spending a decade in jail for a crime they did not commit.
Based on the advice of a career criminal I received at the beginning of my nine year prison sentence, and my personal experience. This may save your life!
The Tate-LaBianca murders shocked the nation. Fifty years later, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca are the forgotten victims of the Manson Family.
It took nearly 50-years to identify Reet Jurvetson's body. It was then, a homicide investigation clicked into full gear.
A little girl vanished in a city park after an unidentified man abducted her in a red van with a sliding door.
Nobody knows exactly how many pregnant women are missing and murdered, but there are too many. Here are the stories of 4 of those women.
Darlie Routier is an innocent mother who survived a brutal attack that left her two young children dead. Although there was no discernible motive, no confession, no eyewitnesses, and only circumstantial evidence, Darlie was convicted and sentenced to death. To this day, she maintains her innocence.
Humans are social creatures, so isolating someone from contact with others can have profound and negative psychological effects.