Social Issues Should Serve As A Guide Rather Than A Solidified Model

3239 Words Oct 7th, 2014 13 Pages
The previous decades being filled with social and political unrest the 1980’s catapulted the United States into a period of reflective yearning; highlighting the conflicting desires of the government to return to a time of simplicity and success, and of the citizens to focus their attention internally rather than outwardly (Lilly, Cullen, & Ball, 2011, Pg. 297-299). The impact of this conflict is a breeding ground for disruptive behavior and social unrest, the result of which perpetuates aversion within current and future generations. From this we can derive that along with changes in social trends we will also see changes in socially acceptable behaviors, including delinquency. Implementing criminal justice policies and procedures based on social attitudes and behaviors increases the potential for injustice to occur via unrealistic expectation that the trend will remain constant throughout an ever evolving society. Changes to our justice system policies and practices should be implemented in fair and balanced capacities, thus trending social issues should serve as a guide rather than a solidified model. Much of what we face today pertaining to strain on our criminal justice departments is due in part to reaction to social trend and implementation of regulations to stymie the progress of socially undesirable activity and thought. The same will hold true for future generations if we continue to enact policy change in accordance with socially acceptable views and…
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