Police Corruption In The Criminal Justice System

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The criminal justice system 's primary aspiration is to maintain social order and justice for all by sentencing individuals who are suspected or guilty of committing illicit offenses. By punishing those who are guilty, further crimes are meant to be prevented while still protecting those who are innocent. However, the contemporary criminal justice system is flawed to the point that the rights of citizens are deprived. From the prevalence of racial discrimination and unlawfulness within prisons and courts to cases of police misconduct, corruption runs rampant within the criminal justice system.
To begin with, different forms of misconduct occur amongst the police force. Police officers often exert excessive force that violates the rights of
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By handcuffing every arrestee, "from a 5-year-old child to a 97-year-old grandmother", and injuring many in the process, police officers fail to carry out their duty of upholding justice fairly(88). Undoubtedly, there are certain individuals who call for more distinctive care; however, the indicated matter is often disregarded by the police, leading them to neglect those citizens of civil treatment. Similar to displaying too much force with handcuffs, police officers also use tasers, or stun guns,—a weapon that, upon firing, delivers an electroshock to temporarily incapacitates an individual — in order to enforce the law (Walter 2). According to John Kleinig, "rather than engaging in the harder work of persuading citizens to accede to police demands,... using or threatening to use tasers to ensure conformity has become common"(91). The police resort to harsh means in order to gain control, but doing so merely leads to the unauthorized harm of citizens. By using such a barbaric weapon, officers abuse their powers and deprive individuals of the proper condemnation the justice system …show more content…
For instance, there are several cases of prisoners being held after their release date because the prospect of release is used as leverage to demand payment. In a case nicknamed "cash for kids", "a judge was accused of helping to put juvenile defendants behind bars—and giving them longer sentences—allegedly receiving $2.8 million from a profit-making detention centre in return"(Huber). The justice system abuses its power for personal gain, exhibiting immoral practices that diminish the system 's role as the arbiter of justice. Instead of fairly sentencing those who are guilty, judges commit an injustice of their own by exploiting money. Moreover, detainees involve in corrupt practices within prisons; "prisoners cooperate with prison guards to smuggle in contraband items, such as cell phones or drugs"(Huber). The prison guards engage in such unethical behavior, in many cases, in exchange for money, illuminating how the justice system is flawed by immoral practices. Prisoners are also forced to pay for commodities they are already given a right to, such as "food, water, medical care, living space, [and] family visits". The rights of the citizens are thus deprived by having to pay for the aforementioned goods. Not only are the individuals robbed of their basic needs, but they are forced into a position in which they must pay to simply survive. There are also many reports of money

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