What Is The Future Of Criminal Justice

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What does the future hold for the criminal justice system? For some the answer is that nothing will change. The though is that the prisons will continue to be overcrowded, there will continue to be a decrease in management as well as no substantial change in leadership and that there will be an influx of younger, more violent offenders entering the system. The criminal justice is in need of overhaul. This is true of the system from the aspect of the victim to the offender to the officers involved. From all aspects, there needs to be change. As George Bernard Shaw said “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”; how do we progress? Does the change come from the victims, the courts, law enforcement or from the correctional system?
The criminal justice system is very complex and can be very confusing. As the victim of a crime, it is easy to feel as though nothing is being done to punish criminals, protect victims or even receive justice. For some, any contact with the police is unpleasant whether through previous experience or misrepresentation in the media. Often movies and television shows given incorrect impression of the criminal justice
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While it calls attention to the crime it can also make a mockery of the system. I recall an episode of King of the Hill where a young man was sentence to so much time in a truck because it tried to steal the truck. Interesting sentencing but would the sentence deter someone else from doing the same thing? In this writer’s opinion, no, it would not. I think that education is a good way to inform and perhaps deter some crime but I do not feel it has merits on its own as an alternative to punishment. Of course community programs that can keep kids out of trouble are always important and as I said while they may prevent or deter some crime, there is no 100% effective

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