Essay on The Importance Of Due Process Of The Criminal Justice System

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The Importance of Due Process in the Criminal Justice System
Andy X. Hernandez
Troy University

Criminal justice is not just about going after criminals and putting them behind bars. There is more to it than just locking one up. There are certain checks and balances and rights that defendants have before, during, and after their trial. We have learned that each defendant is afforded protection by the Bill of Rights such as right to a speedy trial (Sixth Amendment) and the Fifth Amendment: the right that no one shall be “deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.” What exactly is Due Process? Due Process is what every person is entitled to while going through any criminal procedures in the United States criminal justice legal system.

The Importance of Due Process in the Criminal Justice System
Neubauer and Fradella (2014) explain that “due process of law has a broad and somewhat elastic meaning, with definitions varying in detail from situation to situation. The core of the idea of due process is fundamental fairness insofar as a person should always be given notice of any charges brought against him or her, that a person should be provided a real chance to present his or her side in a legal dispute, and that no law or government procedure should be arbitrary of capricious. The specific requirements of the due process vary somewhat, depending on the Supreme Court’s latest interpretation of the Bill of…

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