Due Process v. Crime Control Essay

703 Words Jan 12th, 2014 3 Pages
Due Process Vs. Crime Control
The “crime control” model is defined as a process that uses every effort to repress and reduce crime. It has emphasis on speed, efficiency, and finality. This gives it the ability to apprehend, try, and convict a high number of offenders.(Cole, Smith, & DeJong, 2013, p. 13) Anyone familiar with “Judge Dredd” is also familiar with the crime control model. Due process is defined as a model where every effort must be made ensuring that decisions are made on reliable information, which shows extreme importance on the adversarial process (the legal system of the United States), the rights of the defendants, and the formal process for
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What we try to accomplish is a balance or harmony of the two processes. Crime control is used at the lowest level to try and ease the stresses upon our court system. Then due process is set into motion once an offender reaches a certain point in our criminal justice system. We as citizens of the United States of America all have rights guaranteed unto us by God and our Constitution. If we were to strip individuals of these rights in order to facilitate an expedite trial and ruling where would the line be drawn? Who then would determine what rights a perpetrator should be stripped of and what would stop a person with that power from striping other rights from other individuals.
There is no cut and paste answer to the “best” model. There are recommended practices and guidelines that Law Enforcement and other members of the Judiciary branch adhere to in order to carry out our liberties as best as possible. While the 4th Amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizures are there instances when this right should be infringed upon? We, as a nation, are searching for the best answer to a very in depth and important question. That question is what can we do to curb crime and yet still guarantee the rights of individuals?
Our political leaders must be held accountable for their decisions and the effects they have upon us, their constituents. Society can place emphasis on a certain model depending on…