Robert D. Brown
Professor Aprille W. Campbell
April 13, 2013
The criminal justice system is a group of component agencies, which consist of the police, followed by the courts, and the corrections. Each component supports each other to achieve the overall success of the criminal justice system. The system begins with the police where the law is enforced, if a crime is committed it is the policeman duty to investigate and apprehend the criminals for questioning. These are not the only functions of the police according to; Frank Schmalleger Criminal Justice Today Eleventh Edition “the police enforce the law, investigate crimes, apprehend offenders, reduce and prevent crimes, maintain public order, ensure public safety, provide emergency and related community services, and protect the fundamental rights and freedom of individuals. Many individuals look at the policeman as the “BAD GUY” but this is a very important job and is critical to the criminal justice system. The criminal courts system is the second phase of the criminal justice system. Is very important to maintain professionalism at all times, fairness, integrity, and impartiality is expected of all criminal justice personnel at every stage of the criminal case processing. During this process it is the duty of the courts to ensure that the highest standards and expectations are met and maintained during the entire criminal courts process. The criminal courts must conduct fair and impartial trials, decide criminal cases, and ensure due process, the idea that laws and legal proceedings must be fair. The Constitution guarantees that the government cannot take away a person's basic rights to 'life, liberty or property, without due process of law.' Courts have issued numerous rulings about what this...
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