Criminal Justice System Of The United States Essay

1263 Words Nov 20th, 2016 6 Pages
For the past three decades the criminal justice system of the United States has been in a constant state of deterioration. According the McGuigan and Rader, “The ordinary citizen is disgusted with America’s ‘criminal justice system’” (McGuigan and Rader 236). Despite the fact that the crime rate has declined by nearly fifty percent over the last twenty-five years, the quality of our justice system has become disappointing. By definition, criminal justice is society’s response to crime (Klutz). Part of this response originates from the three main branches of the justice system, including law enforcement (at the federal, state, and local levels), the court systems (municipal and federal), and community corrections (parole, probation, and prisons). All three of these elements are facing serious problems within their spheres of influence, a fact that has expedited the failure of the criminal justice system for our society. Two key problems within these spheres that cause concern are the overcrowding of prisons and the current recidivism rate of fifty-five percent; however, these problems are only a small part of the major issue, in that the current justice system does not provide a balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of society. This imbalance has been mirrored by society as a whole for the past thirty years, and if this problem cannot be fixed America’s crime rate will sky rocket just like it did almost half a century ago. By addressing each element of…

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