Decriminalization Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Decriminalization, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Decriminalization?

n. Crimes which are no more subject to prosecution because the statues that made the act criminal were repealed or amended. Certain sexual practices between consenting adults, loitering, or outmoded racist laws against miscegenation have been decriminalized by many states. There is substantial movement towards decriminalizing the use of certain narcotics such as marijuana on the grounds that making drugs available through clinics and other legal sources would remove the profit from the drug trade.