How would criminals be handled under anarchism? Since prior anarchist societies have been overrun by Communists and Fascists shortly after formation, solutions have not been put to the test. Anarchists stress the right of people to defend themselves, and claim that the elimination of the class that can make money without work, simply by virtue of owning the means of production, will end most crime (with clear victims).
This might lead to mob justice. Any tribunals would likely be under the sway of popular opinion. But how much different is this than the present situation?
A well moneyed criminal can control opinion through the media, and even if he doesn’t, he usually gets away. How many laws were broken during the financial crisis which began in 2008? Race and poverty have the opposite effect, innocence may not protect you if you’re poor and black.