Among all types of federal offenses, child pornography inherently elicits the most visceral reaction. As the Internet and other technologies have allowed greater access to videos and photographs of child pornography, detection and prosecution has increased, with states and the federal government devoting substantial resources toward the investigation and prosecution of such offenses.
Since the mid-1990s, referrals, prosecutions, and convictions for child pornography have increased dramatically with referrals growing at a far greater rate than
either prosecutions or convictions. Accordingly, the trend for more prosecutions and convictions will continue for the foreseeable future.
Originally published in Criminal Justice, Volume 27, Number 3, Fall 2012. © 2012 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.