Citizen Involvement In The Criminal Justice System

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The American Criminal Justice System follows a series of events in response to crime. Individuals, families, associations, corporations, industries, institutions, and the media initiate the first response to any crime. In the United States, citizens are able to engage in the criminal justice process by informing the police of a crime and through participating in court by being a witness or a juror. Through voting and paying taxes, citizens also aid in the policymaking process of the criminal justice system. Citizen involvement in the criminal justice process is crucial, as it cannot serve the people as it should without it. The American Criminal Justice System developed from the English common law into an intricate series of methods. Throughout …show more content…
An offender may be eligible for parole after serving a particular amount of time. Parole is a restricted release of the offender before the offender’s full sentence has been completed. Studies have shown that suspects who are arrested, often have prior criminal history. The processing of juveniles can be similar to adult processing. However, there are a few major differences. Juveniles are referred to juvenile courts, but many are referred by other agencies, such as, school officials, social services agencies, neighbors, and sometimes parents for inappropriate behavior. Every state allows juveniles to be tried as an adult in criminal court under specific conditions. It is the responsibility of the State and local governments to respond to crime. The police protect cities and towns. Corrections is mainly a task of the State’s government and generally justice employees are active at the local level. Law enforcement mainly respond to crime at a state and local level. There are very few crimes that are wholly under Federal …show more content…
The text in Introduction to Criminal Justice: On a Quest for Justice explains the structure of the government, the legislative, judicial, and executive branches and the federal, state, and local governments. This gives the student a basic understanding of the government of the United States. The e-text describes the American Criminal Justice as a system and a process. The text thoroughly explains each component of the criminal justice system, whereas, the textbook does not go as in depth. The e-text also completely defines the criminal justice process. It expounds on each of the steps as it gives an explanation of what it each entails. The textbook does not discuss criminal justice using visual models or examine the many careers in criminal justice field. The textbook differs in many other ways from the e-reader as it examines ethics, determinism verse intentionalism, and Veritas in criminal

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