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How the American Justice System Compares to Legal Systems Abroad 

When you live in one country your entire life—or even for just a few years—you begin to feel accustomed to how its justice system works. In the United States, for example, there are two types of legal cases: criminal and civil. In addition, all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty and have the right…

True Crime Armchair Detectives: Helpful or Harmful? 

In a recent poll centered around true crime, half of participants gave the chilling genre their nod of approval. If you can’t get enough of these gritty stories, consider yourself among the 13% of respondents that claimed it’s their favorite genre. While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason true crime has become such a…

The Lure of Serial Killers: Unraveling Our Public Obsession (Part 2 of 2) 

Welcome back to our exploration of serial killers, featuring an interview with Dr. John Fisher, coordinator and assistant professor in UT Permian Basin’s criminal justice program and author of Profiling crime: Exploring serial murder and other crime. (See part 1 here.) Read on to discover what serial killers really want, how they can live undetected…

The Lure of Serial Killers: Unraveling Our Public Obsession (Part 1 of 2) 

If you ask Dr. John Fisher, assistant professor and coordinator for UTPB’s criminal justice program and author of Profiling crime: Exploring serial murder and other crime, he’ll tell you that the term “serial killer” is a misnomer. “We need to change the nomenclature on that because it’s murder. It’s serial murder.” While the terminology may…

From Arraignment to Verdict: 10 Common Criminal Justice Terms 

Watch any televised trial and you’ll hear terms like “discovery,” “objection,” and “subpoena,” being thrown around, but what do they mean? That’s what we’re here to find out.    Here are 10 of the most common criminal justice terms. We hope to provide some insight into the complex legal system and the essential roles performed by…

4 Fascinating Legal Gray Areas 

Laws are designed to protect people, organizations, and their property by codifying the “do’s and don’ts” of society. While many laws clearly state their purpose—at least to attorneys, who speak legalese—some are nebulous, confusing, counterintuitive, or otherwise open to (mis)interpretation. These are the “buts” to those “do’s and don’ts,” and we’ll be discussing them below….

How Would Criminal Justice Reform Affect America?

While it may seem a majority of Americans rarely agree on anything, nearly all surveyed adults—a surprising 95%—believe that our criminal justice system and law enforcement need some degree of reform. Criminal justice reform, encompassing law enforcement, the courts, and corrections, touches upon several hot-button issues in the United States. Approaching this type of restructuring…

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