Victimless Crimes and Decriminalization Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Victimless Crimes and Decriminalization
Argues that victimless crimes should be decriminalized under certain conditions.
# 148753 | 1,290 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 04, 2011 in Criminology (Public and Crime) , Sociology (General) , Law (General)

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This paper underscores that victimless crimes should be decriminalized when all adult parties are consenting and when decriminalization would lead to better social and economic outcomes. Next, the author analyzes the victimless crimes of drugs, pornography and prostitution, which appear to only harm the people engaging in these acts and not the larger society. The paper concludes that decriminalization is possible at both the state and federal level; however, decriminalization occurs faster at the state level.

Table of Contents:
Defining Victimless crimes
Types of Victimless Crimes
Prostitution Laws
Opposition to the theory of Victimless Crime
Decriminalizing Victimless Crimes
Decriminalization at the State Level
Decriminalization at the Federal Level

From the Paper:

"Most often there are two types of crimes associated with drugs; possession and possession with the intent to distribute. The former is usually associated with drug users while the latter is associated with drug dealers. Dealing drugs is not viewed as a victimless crime. Drug dealing does obvious injury to people and is the cause of a great deal of violence. On the other hand the possession of drugs is viewed as a victimless crime. Most people who are charged with drug possession are drug addicts. Because of possession laws, instead being sent to a rehab facility, those possessing drugs are often sent to jail. This is a major problem because of the issue of overcrowded prisons. This is such a significant problem in some areas of the country that certain jurisdictions have made the possession of small quantities of marijuana legal. This process of decriminalization took place because the use of marijuana is so unexceptional that as a result of common consensus communities, through their legislators, have decided that charging people with possession is no longer feasible. Te decreased feasibility has to do with the cost involved as it relates to court and the incarceration of those who are charged with the crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 'Dubber, M. D. (2001) Policing possession: the war on crime and the end of criminal law. The Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology. 91 (4) 829-996
  • Dubner, S.J. (2009) What Would Happen if Marijuana Were Decriminalized? A Freakonomics Quorum.
  • Farley, M. (2004)"Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart":1 Prostitution Harms Women Even if Legalized or Decriminalized. Violence Against Women, 10 (10), 1087-1125
  • Newbern, A. E. (2000) Good Cop, Bad Cop: Federal Prosecution of State-Legalized Medical Marijuana Use after United States v. Lopez. California Law Review, 88 (5), 1575-1634
  • Stylianou, S. (2004) The Role of Religiosity in the Opposition to Drug Use. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 48(4), 429-448

Cite this Argumentative Essay:

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Victimless Crimes and Decriminalization (2011, November 04) Retrieved July 23, 2017, from

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"Victimless Crimes and Decriminalization" 04 November 2011. Web. 23 July. 2017. <>