Impact of the Usa Patriot Act on Local Law Enforcement

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Impact of the USA Patriot Act on Local Law Enforcement Teddilane Turner PSF8200 Advanced Research in Public Safety Issues, Theory, and Concepts This paper presents the topic selected for the final Public Safety Case Analysis Project, an overview of the USA Patriot Act, its impact on local law enforcement, and the potential for net widening. Congress reacted to the violation to our country on September 11, 2001 by passing the USA Patriot Act into law on October 26, 2001. (USA Patriot Act, 2001). Since its enactment, the USA Patriot Act has both validated and victimized the American public in the name of securing our Nations freedom. Developed “to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world,…show more content…
The Patriot Act, by weakening the exclusionary rule, should therefore increase According to the economic theory of crime and punishment (Becker, 1968, Ehrlich, 1973, 1996), rational individuals commit a crime only if their expected benefit from committing the crime is greater than their expected cost. Their expected cost of committing a crime is the probability of being caught multiplied by the punishment that they would face if they were caught. a rational individual’s expectation of punishment for committing a crime, and hence should reduce crime. (Mialon, H. & and Rubin, P., 2006). Another economic impact of the Patriot Act involves its impact on employers. “Because the Patriot Act extends the federal government's monitoring abilities into the workplace, some businesses and employers have been confronted with the need to adjust their policies and practices in such a way that employees' rights and benefits are protected while still remaining within the scope of the new law” (Etzioni, 2004). Law enforcement utilizes the Patriot Act through enhance surveillance techniques and search warrant opportunities all of which are approved by the court system but not exactly “monitored.” Judges and magistrates within the court system deny bond, incarcerate, and hold hearings concerning liberties and collateral violations in the name of fighting terrorism. An excellent example of

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