Crime And The Criminal Justice System

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Since the beginning of civilized society there has always been a need to have a system in place in order to ensure that the laws of the land are followed by all. This system, today, is called the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system is very important in serving the individual needs and society’s needs by making individuals feel safe and secure and by fulfilling societal requirements of punishing that criminal element that infringes on those needs of individuals. The role that the criminal justice professional is vital when it comes to ensuring that individual and societal needs are being met which will in fact keep a certain amount of balance within the system itself. Keeping the balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of society is a juggling act in which society has a demand for punishment and the individual has a demand for a sense of security. There are several key issues that contribute to the need for a criminal justice practitioner. The first issue is crime. Crime effects both the individual and society at the same time. As crime goes up the individual will feel less safe which will then reflect negatively as a society that has failed. The criminal justice practitioner that can directly effect this issue is the police officer/force. Their role in society is to catch criminals and prevent crimes. When this is done successfully the individual will feel safe and secure which will directly reflect upon the society those
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