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Public Order Crimes

Robert Meier and Timbre Wulf-Ludden

in Criminology

ISBN: 9780195396607
Published online November 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396607-0019
Public Order Crimes

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Public order crimes are sometimes called “victimless” or “complaintless” crimes. Who is the victim of an illegal drug transaction? Who is likely to call the police when a prostitute makes a transaction with a client or when a homeless person is sleeping in a public park? Such acts are considered crimes not because there is a discernable offender and victim, but because the larger community, or at least a vocal and powerful segment of it, is offended and therefore victimized by such acts. The legal status of public order crimes varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Because there is often no complainant in such offenses, they are detected only as a result of proactive police operations that specifically target them. The following sections will address several important public order crimes. Specifically, various aspects of sex work, illegal drug use, vagrancy, public drunkenness, and gambling are discussed.

Article.  11341 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Criminal Justice ; Criminology

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