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Boston Marathon Bombing Is the Top Criminal Justice News Story of 2013

The terrorist bombing that rocked the Boston Marathon in April, killing three people and injuring 183 others, was the top criminal justice news story of 2013, according to the annual survey conducted by The Crime Report.

The Crime Report, a daily online news service published by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Criminal Justice Journalists, surveyed its readers to determine the top 10 criminal justice news stories of the year. The results were published December 16 on the TCR Web site,

Stephen Handelman, Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice, noted that 2013 “was a year with dramatic developments across the world of criminal justice. Next year promises to be just as eventful.” He added that many of those who responded to the TCR survey “emphasized the importance of looking beyond the headlines to developments that promised a longer range impact on the way our justice system operates.”

In addition to the Boston Marathon bombing, the list of top 10 stories includes such topics as stop-and-frisk practices, marijuana reform and government surveillance. To read the TCR and the complete top 10 list, click here.