How Does a Plea of Insanity Work?

  How does a plea of insanity work? Well, for starters, it doesn’t. There is no doubt that mental illness and other forms of mental and emotional instability are rampant within the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been dedicating their efforts to study these trends on a … [+]

Differences Between a Violation, a Misdemeanor, and a Felony

  In the world of Criminal Justice, there are three types of crimes that everyone should be aware of, in the event you are ever charged with any of these three. Knowing and understanding the charges against you is the second piece of the puzzle, after knowing and understanding your … [+]

What is Bail?

Once you get arrested you are taken to jail where the booking process officially begins. This is the infamous part after an arrest in which you “enter the system.” Essentially, this means that an officer takes down all of your personal information including your date of birth and your sex; … [+]

Combating Staten Island’s Drug Epidemic

It is no secret that Staten Island has currently been taken over by drugs. The heroin and prescription pill epidemic that is now plaguing our community is one in which law enforcement and the court are fervently fighting to overpower—this battle, however, has proven to be one of the most … [+]

What is the Prison-Industrial Complex?

  Many may have heard of the military-industrial complex that gained prominence during our nation’s involvement in World War II and has continued religiously through the contemporary era. This term, which we were warned against by President Eisenhower, refers to the economic prosperity which results from being at war. Companies … [+]

Sentencing Reform: A Much Needed Transition

  Under the administration of President Obama, the White House has been taking many strides towards reforming our nation’s correctional system. Earlier this year, President Obama signed off on the early release of about 90 inmates, incarcerated for nonviolent drug related charges. Just this month, the U.S. Sentencing Commission unanimously … [+]

Civil Forfeiture: The Legal Way to Steal

  Over three decades ago, under President Ronald Reagan, the United States’ government commenced its War on Drugs. Through this initiative, a principle known as civil asset forfeiture came to rise, which allowed law enforcement to seize a person’s property without charging them with any crime(s). Despite originating as an … [+]

Criminal Television: Effecting more than just entertainment

Let’s create a scenario. A man is shot dead in the middle of a busy Brooklyn street. He is later found a few blocks away from the crime scene, gun in his backpack, and blood on his shirt. A group of eye-witnesses immediately identify the man as the shooter. Is … [+]

The Fifth Amendment

There are a few Amendments included in the United States’ Bill of Rights that relate to Criminal Law. Here is important information to know about the Fifth Amendment. Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment … [+]

The Fourth Amendment

There are a few Amendments included in the United States’ Bill of Rights that relate to Criminal Law. Here is important information to know about the Fourth Amendment. Amendment IV “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, … [+]