Morality and the Law

The next several essays will attempt to underscore the difference between religious morality and legal morality. In doing so, I fully understand that these next essays will probably bring about much contentious hand-wringing among my readers who will try to assert that their personal religious morals supercede social legal issues. So, before I dive into […]


And Justice For All

Any discussions about reforming the state of our legal system must necessarily include our system of civil justice. The civil justice system exists not to keep society safe from physical harm, but rather to allow individuals a place for solving disputes that do not rise to the level of criminal behavior, whether they involve private […]


Is That Really A Crime?

The final element of criminal justice reform rests in ensuring that our legal code is both just and enforceable. Too much has been written into criminal law that endeavors to regulate behavior which has no overriding social need to be regulated. Individual actions that result in no physical or financial harm to others or their […]


Making Crime Pay

An important yet often neglected aspect of our criminal justice system is the effectiveness of our punishment system. Any punishment meted out by our legal system must contain three elements: it must appropriately punish the convicted person, it must act as a deterrent to others, and it must protect society from repeated criminal acts. Without […]


A New Day In Criminal Court

The reforms I suggested in Criminal Justice Reformed offer the possibilities of more effective and fiscally prudent law enforcement practices and clearly defined areas of responsibility for investigating and prosecuting criminal behavior. Those reforms, while worthwhile in and of themselves, are not enough to reduce the criminal element in society. To better the chances of […]


Criminal Justice Reformed

In my last essay, I talked about the restructuring of our Criminal Justice system by changing the jurisdiction of criminal acts from the current system that is based primarily upon location to one based primarily upon the criminal act itself. I briefly outlined a three-tiered division of jurisdiction that assigns the most serious crimes to […]


Reforming Our Justice System

In my last essay, I offered the opinion that our system of justice had broken down to the point that it no longer served the purpose for which it was intended, namely keeping the general public safe from harm, punishing those who do harm to others, providing timely redress in civil (non-criminal) actions, and maintaining […]