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Top Three Criminal Justice Topics

Death Penalty

An extremely hot criminal justice topic, the Death penalty is also commonly referred to as capital punishment. It is the judicially ordered from of punishment of a prisoner convicted of a serious crime, resulting in the execution of said individual. The implementation of this form of punishment is typically reserved for a select few offenses such as murder and treason. Prior to their execution, sentenced prisoners are usually kept isolated from the rest of the prison’s inmates in a section often referred to as Death Row.

While the majority of the United States appears to be in favor the Death penalty, it has its share of vocal detractors who argue that it is a violation of human rights and that botched attempts at execution can deviate into the realm of torture and cruelty.


In the wake of the tragic events of 9/11, terrorism has become a widely talked about criminal justice topic. While the term can be loosely attributed to several definitions, a generalized classification of the word refers to a calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against a civilian population, with the purpose of producing fear for some political end.

The aforementioned terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 gave mass awareness of one of the more widely-known terrorists of the 21st century, Sheikh Usamah bin Muhammad bin Awad bin Ladin, commonly referred to as Osama bin Laden. The leader and head of the extensive terrorist organization al-Qaeda (the group believed to be responsible for the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers), he is widely proclaimed to be the most wanted man in the world.


Prostitution is defined as the sale of sexual services for money or other kinds of return. While the act of exchanging money for sex among adults is legal in many countries, prostitution is illegal in the United States. The illegal, abusive, and dangerous activity that typically surrounds this realm of the sex trade is a major factor in the United States’ stance against legalized prostitution.

Female prostitutes are at a great risk for violent crime; in 2004, reports showed that the homicide rate for female prostitutes was estimated to be 204 per 100,000, which is considerably higher than that of the next riskiest US occupations at the time (female liquor store workers and male taxicab drivers). Many drug users commonly obtain drugs such as crack cocaine through the act of prostitution.

These are just some of the criminal justice topics that continue to draw attention from the media and law enforcement officials.