SOCIETAL TRENDS THAT IMPACT THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Suzie A. Anderson
Everest University Online
CCJ 1017-52 Criminology
April 8, 2012
Utilizing everything you have learned about crime and criminal behavior this term, you will now have the opportunity to think about the future of our society and how the criminal justice system should prepare. Identify and discuss the societal trends that will impact the criminal justice system over the next ten years. The societal trends that I see impacting the criminal justice system over the next 10 years are not as easy to identify as I once thought. It is a question that has baffled most since the caveman first broke into another caveman’s cave and stole his fruit. There are political impacts as well that must be taken into account, as well as technology and financial. The issue of financial is relatively easy to identify as there is a strong and decisive widening of the classes. Combine that fact with the drive to keep up with the Jones’s and you are well on your way to understanding why the drive for financial independence would be an identifiable impact on today’s as well as the future of criminal justice methods. Technology is another impact that must be taken into consideration. As technology advances and the power of technology improve, the capability and opportunity for cyber crime will also advance. It will become increasingly difficult to track and catch these cyber criminals unless the criminal justice system catches up and keeps up with the advancing technologies. The political impacts in this ever changing world must also be taken into account in the next 10 years. Will the next 10 years be mainly conservative or liberal? That is a major question that must be asked and hopefully answered correctly. For example, the three strikes and you’re out rule basically acknowledged the conservatives and ignored the liberals all together. The point of this paper was not to pinpoint exactly...
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