Tag: crime

The American Scholar: Second Chances, Social Forgiveness and the Internet

August 9, 2013 – JTMP has been posting recently about Americans making mistakes and needing justice and second chances, and The American Scholar website has a great article out really delving into the issue. With the Internet, where people's lives get splayed out permanently for all the world to see, it is especially important for people to be able to get that second chance and move on with their lives. They discuss how 30 years ago, one would have to go to a police station or city hall to get at criminal records, but now with the Internet and sites that let anyone do a background check for $39.99, people's privacy and ability to move past their mistakes and move on with their lives is getting increasingly very difficult to do. The article discusses how many people after making a mistake do not repeat the mistake; it is incorrect to say. "Once a criminal, always a criminal". Read the American Scholar article here, and start a discussion or leave a comment on our Justice Through Music Facebook Page here.  (photo credit: Scott*/Flickr)

Musicians, Crime, and the Justice System

August 5, 2013 – Musicians have been caught up in crime just like any other group of people, and they have it worse because of their fame and notoriety, so we thought we would post some of the best "Top Musician Criminal" lists people have posted on the Internet. Let us know who you think should have been on this list, or not on this list, and your thoughts on our JTMP Facebook Page.

Rockers In Jail:
Top 5 Rock Star Criminals:
Top Ten Rock and Roll Criminals:

Also, there is the "music" category on MugShots.com.  (photo credit: MugShots.com)

Pete Townshend Breaks His 6-Year Silence on Being Busted For Visiting Illegal Porn Website

August 5, 2013 – JTMP had been dealing with justice issues all last week, and this week we turn our attention to musicians and artists that have been caught up in the justice system. Many musicians have been caught up in the courts over the years, from Paul McCartney in 1980 getting busted with 7.7 ounces of pot in his suitcase in Japan (he served 10 days in jail), to Pete Townshend getting arrested for visiting an illegal porn website on his computer back in 1999. His flat was raided, computers seized, and even though no illegal pornographic pictures were never found on his computer, he agreed to a "police caution" and was placed on a sex offender list for 5 years. He has insisted innocence from the start and has broken his 6-year silence on the incident in his new memoir "Who I Am", and last September talked about it with Daily Mail. He told Daily Mail that the reason he did not go to court and fight for his innocence was the reason many face; he had a half an hour to decide whether to take a "police caution", or go through a lengthy court battle where the prosecution has virtually limitless funds and resources and would most likely win, and your horrible mistake is splayed out for the world to see. He also said he was simply "exhausted" at the time. He decided to take the caution (sort of like taking a plea deal here in America) and put it behind him and move on with his life. What does everyone think? Should people be able to move on with their lives? Start a conversation or join in the JTMP Facebook Page(photo credit: Kubackeck/CC)