Summary Of The Criminal Justice System

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In the criminal Justice system, the initial response to criminal behavior begins when a crime is reported and law enforcement responds or officers observe a crime and take appropriate action. Once the crime is identified, an investigation is conducted. If witnesses or victims are available and /or are willing to assist officers in the criminal investigation, their information is taken in hopes the information may lead the investigators to the arrest of the suspect(s). If the prosecutor finds there is sufficient evidence available the suspect is charged, arrested, and completes the booking process. Once charged the suspect is identified as the defendant in proceeding introduced to the lower courts (pretrial) and is formally charged with the
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