A Brief Note On The Criminal Justice System Essay

995 Words Dec 13th, 2016 4 Pages
The criminal justice system is a fragmented entity working to combat and sanction an immeasurable amount of crime and criminals. Numerous barriers hinder the criminal justice system’s ability to produce effective policies. The lack of empirical evidence used in policy making is the most significant barrier preventing criminal justice polices from being well designed, and effective. Policies supported by evidence and empirical data are essential when trying to creative policies that are well designed and effective (Mears, 2007). Further hindering policies from being effective and rooted in evidence is the government’s desire to exert control over criminal justice agencies by governing through crime.
Creating evidence-based policies requires a significant amount of resources and time. A criminal justice issue must be identified and it must be determined if a policy is needed to address the issue. Determining if an issue requires a policy response is important especially due to the “large-scale accumulation” of policies that has occurred in recent years (Farabee, 2005; Lipsey, Adams, Gottfredson, Pepper, & Weisburd, 2005; Petersilia, 1991; Ruth & Reitz, 2003; Sherman, Farrington, Welsh, & MacKenzie, 2002; Stolz, 2002; Wilson & Petersilia, 2002). Determining what works in regards to the particular issue identified requires scientific evidence to be evaluated. “Data from outcome or summative evaluations, or those studies that have tested the impact of some intervention on an…

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