The Criminal Justice System

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Kristy Stump
Professor Wardrop
Criminal Justice 101
05 February 2011
The Criminal Justice System
The ultimate goal of the criminal justice system is justice. The truth in action is criminal justice within the process called administration of justice. During the 60’s and 70’s the American criminal justice focused on the rights of criminal defendants while seeking to understand the root cause of crime and violence. The three core components of the American justice system are Police, Courts and Corrections.

The police have several jobs throughout society just like the other two components. They are who enforce the laws made by the government, and they make sure that the Americans are safe. They have to investigate crimes before apprehending any offenders. They are in charge of reducing and preventing crimes against the laws of the government. On top of all of this they are ensuring the safety of the community by providing 911 services, maintaining public order, and protecting the fundamental rights and freedom of individuals.

The correctional agency is the second component in the America Criminal Justice System. The correctional agencies carry out the sentences that the courts imply on the criminal that have either pled guilty or been found guilty at their trials. They provide a safe and humane place to hold the offenders. The correctional facility takes supervision of the convicted offenders to rehabilitate, reform, and reintegrate them back into the civilian world. They also make sure to respect the legal rights of the convicted offenders no matter their race, gender, religion, or their status in the financial world.

The criminal court is the last of the components of the justice system but certainly not the least. The court systems were put into place to make sure fair and impartial trial to place with a jury of the defendant’s pears who determine guilt or innocence. By ensuring due process and upholding the law while protecting the rights of the...
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