Rationale, Critique, Bibliography
In the continuing debate over the proper scope of the criminal law, it has frequently been suggested that certain crimes are in reality "victimless" and that all statutes defining such offenses should be repealed or at least substantially restricted (Schur; Packer; Morris and Hawkins). Although all authors do not use the term in the same way, the following offenses have been included in the victimless crime category: public drunkenness; vagrancy; various sexual acts usually involving consenting adults (fornication, adultery, bigamy, incest, sodomy, homosexuality, and prostitution); obscenity; pornography; drug offenses; abortion; gambling; and juvenile status offenses (offenses that would not be criminal if the actor were an adult).
RICHARD S. FRASE
See also ABORTION; ALCOHOL AND CRIME: THE PROHIBITION EXPERIMENT; CIVIL AND CRIMINAL DIVIDE; CRIMINAL LAW REFORM: CURRENT ISSUES IN THE UNITED STATES; CRIMINALIZATION AND DECRIMINALIZATION; DRUGS AND CRIME: LEGAL ASPECTS; ENTRAPMENT; GAMBLING; HOMOSEXUALITY AND CRIME; JUVENILE STATUS OFFENDERS; OBSCENITY AND PORNOGRAPHY: BEHAVIORAL ASPECTS; POLICE: POLICING COMPLAINANTLESS CRIMES; PROSTITUTION; SEX OFFENSES: CONSENSUAL; VAGRANCY AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
- Victims - Distinguishing Victims And Offenders, The Emergence Of Victim Concerns, National Crime Victimization Survey (ncvs)
- Vicarious Liability - Vicarious Liability And Strict Liability Distinguished, Why Vicarious Liability Is Disfavored, Vicarious Liability For Accomplices And Coconspirators - Conclusion
- Victimless Crime - Rationale
- Victimless Crime - Critique
- Victimless Crime - Bibliography
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