The Criminal Justice System: The Culture Of The Klamath

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eHRAF Research Paper Criminal justice systems are the processes created by governments or ruling agencies to maintain order and punish crime within a society ("The Criminal Justice System"). One universal criminal justice system does not exist, instead, they vary from society to society. These systems are important because they help to uphold order, enforce norms and mores, and shape the values of a society. I have only researched the criminal justice system of the United States government, so I am only familiar with the structure of a large government. The United States has a tiered structure in which there are law enforcement officers, county courts, state courts, federal courts, and other tiers so that there is a chain of command. I chose this topic because I am an aspiring lawyer, and I think that comparing different cultures ' legal systems will provide a greater understanding of the topic as a whole. The societies compared in this essay do not have a justice system as large as the United States, but the United States has a different subsistence strategy than those in this essay. Does subsistence strategy have a …show more content…
As of the 1990 census, a little over 3,000 Klamath. The Klamath, as stated in the previous paragraph, are foragers. According to the “Culture Summary: Klamath” by Ian Skoggard, the Klamath are located in the plains and plateaus of North America, more specifically southwestern Oregon. The Klamath do not have descent groups because of the emphasis on nuclear families. They practice monogamous exogamy, but occasionally sororal polygyny, and "divorce was easy and common" (Skoggard). The families reside patrilocally, but if the groom is poor, the family may live matrilocally. The society is divided into geographical tribelets and some of the tribelets had chiefs, while others did not. The tribelets that had chiefs had men lead who were war leaders, wealthy, or had a connection to the

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