Packer 's Model Of The Criminal Process

3125 Words Feb 27th, 2015 13 Pages
Before discussing Packer’s models of the criminal process, Packer spends quite a bit of time discussing how people view punishment. This is important because he uses their views as a pretext to how he developed his own models. Packer explains that when a person commits a crime they do their best to try to not get apprehended in fear of the repercussions. Punishment in the eyes of the criminal is horrid and if they are caught they use every option available to avoid prison time. Being convicted of their crime and being sent to jail isn’t the stopping point for most, they then use appeals and every resource they can to fight their conviction. The entirety of these acts is called the criminal process. When discussing the criminal process Packer begins to bring up some key components such as the difficulty in which the system should use to charge a criminal. If they don’t require hard facts or evidence to charge someone then yes the conviction rate will be high but will the rights of the defendants be upheld. On the other spectrum if the requirements for conviction are increased and makes it more difficult to charge someone then will they be impeding on the rights of the victims who are looking to the system to provide justice. He also states that with easier convictions this could manipulate the perspective that the community has on the criminal justice system as a whole. That the police and the courts can pretty much put anyone away. Then he looks at it from the…
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