Assessment: The Impact of Globalization on the US Criminal Justice System

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Access Criminal Justice Assess the impact of globalization on the U.S. criminal justice system. Over the last several years, globalization has been transforming the US justice system. This is because a series of international standards and guidelines are being imposed by many nations around the globe. At the heart of this focus, is an emphasis on a number of different areas to include: respect for human rights and judicial oversight. (Holmes, 2009, pp. 30 42) In the case of the US, this has led to greater amounts of scrutiny from different organizations about the treatment of various criminal suspects. A good example of this occurred with the implementation of the ICC Treaty of Rome and the execution of Timothy McVeigh. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the US was opposed to this treaty. The reason why is because they felt that it gave this court authority over the US judicial system (in areas such as war crimes and it violated US sovereignty). The attitude behind the implementation of this agreement set the stage for having greater amounts of scrutiny over the activities that were occurring inside the criminal justice system. (Holmes, 2009, pp. 30 42) When Timothy McVeigh was executed in 2001, these attitudes were openly used to criticize the actions as illegal and against the rule of law. This is despite the fact that the US never signed or approved the treaty. At the same time, many Americans believed that the death penalty was the right course of action given
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