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  • 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.

    Missing: David Clayton Warner

    Missing: David Clayton Warner

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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 Battered Woman Defence

    The Battered Woman Defence

    by Rupert Taylor5

  • 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.

    Classical vs. Positivist Criminology

    Classical vs. Positivist Criminology

    by jacinda19778

  • 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.

    Lizzie Borden: Murderess, Victim, or Both?

    Lizzie Borden: Murderess, Victim, or Both?

    by Lauren Sutton0

  • 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.

    The Truth About Surviving Time in Federal Prison

    The Truth About Surviving Time in Federal Prison

    by Kevin Washburn13

  • 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.

    What is the Impact of a Mistrial?

    What is the Impact of a Mistrial?

    by Kristi Sharp2

  • The Crumlin Road Gaol saw approximately 25,000 political prisoners pass through its grim doors, in its 150-year life as a prison.

    Escape From Crumlin Road Gaol

    Escape From Crumlin Road Gaol

    by Liam A Ryan0

  • 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!

    When is "The Right to Know" Wrong? Should Criminal Records Be Made Public Knowledge?

    When is "The Right to Know" Wrong? Should Criminal Records Be Made Public Knowledge?

    by RustyW7

  • 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.

    Wrongfully Convicted: Why Does it Happen?

    Wrongfully Convicted: Why Does it Happen?

    by Douglas Parker0

  • 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.

    To Die a Free Man

    To Die a Free Man

    by Kim Langford0

  • 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.

    Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    by MN Herat2

  • 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.

    15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Elizabeth Smart Case

    15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Elizabeth Smart Case

    by Charles Nuamah1

  • 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.

    Questions About the Steven Avery Case

    Questions About the Steven Avery Case

    by Kenneth Claude3

  • On Christmas Eve, 2002, 27-year-old, Laci Peterson, who was high months pregnant, disappeared and captivated the nation.

    The Death of Laci Peterson

    The Death of Laci Peterson

    by Christina Rochette0

  • 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.

    How to Apprehend a Shoplifter

    How to Apprehend a Shoplifter

    by Steven Pearson1

  • In the United States, executions are carried out in the presence of witnesses.

    Witness to Executions

    Witness to Executions

    by Rupert Taylor0

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  • 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.

    The Strange History of the Cecil Hotel

    The Strange History of the Cecil Hotel

    by Em Clark1

  • 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.

    Prison Survival Skills

    Prison Survival Skills

    by Rupert Taylor11

  • 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?

    3 Convicted Killers Who Are Now Free

    3 Convicted Killers Who Are Now Free

    by Astrid McClymont0

  • 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.

    The Lives of Official Executioners

    The Lives of Official Executioners

    by Rupert Taylor0

  • 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.

    Five Cases That Shaped the Real Mindhunters

    Five Cases That Shaped the Real Mindhunters

    by Lawrence0

  • 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.

    Charles Manson: A Study of Evil

    Charles Manson: A Study of Evil

    by Anna Watson2

  • 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.

    Serial Killer Leonarda Cianciulli: The Soap-Maker of Correggio

    Serial Killer Leonarda Cianciulli: The Soap-Maker of Correggio

    by Schatzie Speaks0

  • 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.

    A Sister Defends her Brother who was Wrongly Convicted and Executed

    A Sister Defends her Brother who was Wrongly Convicted and Executed

    by Claudette Coleman Carter2

  • 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.

    Cautionary Tales:  Danger on the Job

    Cautionary Tales: Danger on the Job

    by Cindy Parmiter0

  • 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.

    The Kidnapping of Colleen Stan: The Girl in the Box

    The Kidnapping of Colleen Stan: The Girl in the Box

    by Janisa5

  • 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.

    Missing: Regina Marie Bos

    Missing: Regina Marie Bos

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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.

    Missing: Joan Carolyn Risch

    Missing: Joan Carolyn Risch

    by Jade Hassenplug1

  • The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). Mentioned by O. J. Simpson during his parole hearing. Everyone should take it. The best prison program.

    AVP - The Alternatives to Violence Project

    AVP - The Alternatives to Violence Project

    by Finnegan Williams0

  • 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.

    Specialized Courts: A Promising Alternative

    Specialized Courts: A Promising Alternative

    by eclecticme0

  • Humans are social creatures, so isolating someone from contact with others can have profound and negative psychological effects.

    Is Solitary Confinement Torture?

    Is Solitary Confinement Torture?

    by Rupert Taylor6

  • 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.

    Case of Missing Girl Sandra Kaye Butler

    Case of Missing Girl Sandra Kaye Butler

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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?

    Missing: Rebecca Coriam

    Missing: Rebecca Coriam

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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.

    Missing: Tyarra Cacique Williams

    Missing: Tyarra Cacique Williams

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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

    Best 8 Prison Books

    Best 8 Prison Books

    by Terry Lane2

  • 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.

    Missing: Jennifer Lee Martin

    Missing: Jennifer Lee Martin

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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.

    Darlie Routier: Wrongfully Convicted of Murdering Her Children

    Darlie Routier: Wrongfully Convicted of Murdering Her Children

    by JustinCase9760

  • 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.

    3 Small Town Murder Mysteries That Remain Unexplained

    3 Small Town Murder Mysteries That Remain Unexplained

    by Astrid McClymont2

  • 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.

    Mass Incarceration in the United States

    Mass Incarceration in the United States

    by Chernika Lipscomb2

  • 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.

    Pat Allanson: The Deadly Magnolia

    Pat Allanson: The Deadly Magnolia

    by Kim Bryan5

  • 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.

    Amy Archer-Gilligan: Famous Female Serial Killer

    Amy Archer-Gilligan: Famous Female Serial Killer

    by Schatzie Speaks0

  • 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...

    Some Words on Prison Libraries

    Some Words on Prison Libraries

    by Finnegan Williams2

  • 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.

    Missing: Garnell Monroe Moore

    Missing: Garnell Monroe Moore

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • Texas Blue Warrants are intended to for parolees who have or are about to violate their parole.

    Texas Blue Warrants

    Texas Blue Warrants

    by Joan Whetzel8

  • "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 Penetrating Words of Mumia Abu Jamal

    The Penetrating Words of Mumia Abu Jamal

    by Ava Ming0

  • 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.

    4 Missing and Murdered Pregnant Women

    4 Missing and Murdered Pregnant Women

    by Kym L Pasqualini0

  • 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.

    Nannie Doss: Famous Female Serial Killer

    Nannie Doss: Famous Female Serial Killer

    by Schatzie Speaks0

  • 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.

    Types of Juvenile Delinquency Crimes

    Types of Juvenile Delinquency Crimes

    by Cholee Clay4

  • Should judges be appointed or elected? Events suggest even secret selection is better than being voted onto the bench by the public.

    Judges Behaving Badly

    Judges Behaving Badly

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • 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.

    3 Famous People Who Mysteriously Vanished

    3 Famous People Who Mysteriously Vanished

    by Astrid McClymont0

  • 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.

    Should I Represent Myself in Court?

    Should I Represent Myself in Court?

    by Reality Bytes7

  • 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.

    15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the John Wayne Gacy Case

    15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the John Wayne Gacy Case

    by Charles Nuamah0

  • 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.

    Missing: Tonetta Yvette Carlisle

    Missing: Tonetta Yvette Carlisle

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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...

    The Four Theories of Victimization

    The Four Theories of Victimization

    by LaineHarper10

  • When facing the executioner, some people are remorseful, some defiant, some courageous, while others even try humour in their final message to the world.

    Last Words of the Condemned

    Last Words of the Condemned

    by Rupert Taylor6

  • 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.

    How Are Israel Keyes and Maura Murray Connected?

    How Are Israel Keyes and Maura Murray Connected?

    by Em Clark0

  • 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.

    Ted Bundy's Victims: Lynda Ann Healy

    Ted Bundy's Victims: Lynda Ann Healy

    by Kym L Pasqualini1

  • One of the most horrifying crimes comes about when a doctor, trusted at the deepest physical and psychological levels, exploits their position.

    10 Doctors Who Harmed Rather Than Healed

    10 Doctors Who Harmed Rather Than Healed

    by Colleen Swan18

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  • Ed Gein was the real-life killer who inspired the characters in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Silence of the Lambs, and Psycho.

    Ed Gein: The Plainfield Ghoul

    Ed Gein: The Plainfield Ghoul

    by Tom Raley0

  • 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?

    Who Really Killed Nipsey Hussle?

    Who Really Killed Nipsey Hussle?

    by Tony Daniels0

  • When someone says the word "prison" we immediately have associations and assumptions about what it is like based on media portrayals and pervasive stereotypes.

    Debunking Myths About Prison Inmates

    Debunking Myths About Prison Inmates

    by Diana Jasmine1

  • 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.

    Missing: Logan Drew Schiendelman

    Missing: Logan Drew Schiendelman

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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.

    Procedural, Moral & Restorative Justice: A Shift from Punitive

    Procedural, Moral & Restorative Justice: A Shift from Punitive

    by Christian L Perry0

  • A biased and sloppy police investigation led to four American sailors spending a decade in jail for a crime they did not commit.

    Freedom for the Norfolk Four

    Freedom for the Norfolk Four

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • 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.

    Missing: Anthony Bernard Franko

    Missing: Anthony Bernard Franko

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • 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.

    The Spectacular End to a Sectarian Serial Killer

    The Spectacular End to a Sectarian Serial Killer

    by Liam A Ryan0

  • A Recap of the Crime of Kidnapping and Murder of a 17 yr. old Mississippi Girl, Shondra May...A Case Still Unsolved.

    The Shondra May Mystery

    The Shondra May Mystery

    by Wayne Brown55

  • 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.

    Top 5 Unsolved Murders of All Time

    Top 5 Unsolved Murders of All Time

    by Lawrence0

  • 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.

    Missing: Anthonette Christine Cayedito

    Missing: Anthonette Christine Cayedito

    by Jade Hassenplug0

  • The prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison hold rodeos as fund raisers several times a year; the events are often sold out.

    Rodeos in Angola Prison

    Rodeos in Angola Prison

    by Rupert Taylor1

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