CJA394 Contemporary Issues and Futures in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Trends Evaluation
July 9, 2012
The criminal justice system is an important aspect of American society along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The purpose of laws is to protect society from harm, make certain everyone’s safety, and equally treated. The criminal justice system works to protect the innocent and punish the guilty without violating the rights the criminal suspect to avoid any injustices. As society develops the criminal justice system needs to evolve so it is important to create new laws to keep up with the evolution and new trends. As new trends and contemporary issues develop in society, they can have a straight impact on the different roles of the criminal justice system, such as technology, capital punishment, and sentencing policies, which have great effects the criminal justice system. Also the police, courts, and corrections play an important role ensuring justice.
In today’s society, individuals count on law enforcement to protect and serve the people in any way that they can. Society wants to feel safe in their homes or where ever they are. Years ago, individuals did feel safe on the street and in their homes. They felt so safe that they could leave their houses and vehicles unlocked and did not have to worry about getting broken into or their cars being stolen. So, in this paper, the past, present, and future will show the differences and how much things have changed when it comes to crime, society, and the criminal justice system. In the past, the way law enforcement patrolled was different than how they do it today. In the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s, individuals felt that they were safe within their own communities. They did not have too much to worry about. The way the police use to patrol was on foot. The police would walk the street or the beat, and even talk to the people in the different neighborhoods. In...