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marijuana? Although most of these are common marijuana arrests have increased alongside legalization in the U.S. they are annoying to read about from - arrests-are-increasing-despite-legalization-new-fbi-data-shows/#43134be64c4b The second tier, or next layer, is comprised of lower-level felonies that may be violent or non-violent. Again, many of these cases end in a plea bargain and do not end in significant jail or prison time. 3 However, they consume a significant amount of the courts’ time. For example, Oregon has three different levels or classes of felonies. Class A is the most serious and can result in up to 20-years imprisonment, Class B can result in up to 10 years imprisonment, and Class C is the least serious with up to five years. 4 The second tier would be comprised mostly of Class C felonies. The third tier is comprised primarily of what most of us know as serious felonies that tend to be violent and involve offenders with significant criminal histories. In this tier’s cases are more likely to go to trial if the offender pleads not guilty, and if found guilty, will result in prison time. As stated in the Oregon example, this would most likely be Class B Felonies and maybe some Class A felonies. Lastly, the top tier often referred to as celebrated cases, would be the smallest part of the cake and would be made up of the high-profile cases that tend to be profiled by the media. If found guilty, offenders could receive significant punishments which may include life imprisonment or the death penalty. The top tier is less common than the others, but it also the crime we like to think of as really bad. It is also the cases that garner a lot of news time, and perhaps it is a case that made it to the United States Supreme Court. Therefore, the media may glorify these cases, especially if it is a well-known case like O.J. Simpson, Bernie 2. Walker, S. (2006). Sense and nonsense about crime and drugs: A policy guide (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson 3. Walker, S. (2006). Sense and nonsense about crime and drugs: A policy guide (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson 4. Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System 49
Madoff, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy. Most people know about these cases, and it may have struck fear into the public, but again, these are garnered more attention because they are uncommon, committed by people who are famous or shock the public consciousness. Ted Bundy Obsession Example Our society is so obsessed with the celebrated cases that we often talk a lot about them, cover them extensively on the news, and live in fear because of them. Students in a class that are pro-death penalty often say, “I reserve it for all the Ted Bundy’s in the world.” They are rare, but we fear them! Take this news link that shares images of his last meals on death row.

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