Our US court system is not perfect, it is like a mirror that has some scratches on the surface. With some hard work and the right tools, the mirror can be fixed. Jennifer Murphy and Adam Benforado talk about how our court system is flawed. Murphy talks about drug courts and how they are affecting our court system. Benforado talks about the individuals involved in the courtroom and how their mistakes flaw the court system. Though both Jennifer Murphy and Adam Benforado do talk about ways to fix the systems too. First Unfair, when reading this book, Benforado blames the people for the system being flawed. When talking about dishonesty “…when our actions are at odds with our positive self-image: (we) trick ourselves into thinking we’re not …show more content…
It does not take still photos of people or things. “..erroneous eyewitness identifications are one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions. Of the first 250 DNA exonerations in the United States, 190 of them appear to have involved mistaken identifications” (Benforado 113). As humans, our ethics is to be honest, but sometimes our brain can get confused and we start to mix up what we really saw and what our brain is just filling in from past experiences to create a full story. “Presented with new information about an event, we may readily incorporate it into what we remember. We can even remember things that we never experienced or saw” (Benforado 117).
He also wants to separate the public from being courtroom actors and leave it up to the professionals and experts. He thinks by removing the jury, you remove the bias and prejudice of selecting a jury in your favor. “Research suggest that most judges and potential jurors place too much faith in witnesses’ memories. And they are often oblivious to the things that can reduce accuracy and reliability, which makes them bad at determining how much weight to give to, say, a particular eyewitness identification” (Benforado 127). Benforado wants to take the public out of the courtroom because of their lack of knowledge. But not only their lack of knowledge, but both counsel having peremptory challenges. “N. the right of the plaintiff and the defendant in a jury trial to have a juror dismissed before trial
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Drugs have been known to be detrimental to American society. Commonly known as “ The war on drugs”. Majority of individuals who are incarcerated have been convicted of some type of drug offense and if not a drug related crimes. In many instances, a person can be sent to a jail or prison without receiving the required treatment to help the individual overcome their drug of choice. Remarkably, there is a court solely focused on an individual with a drug problem, which is known as Drug courts.
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Several offenders have benefited from the programs that are designed to address their issues within the drug court. These programs have changed defendants and justice professionals lives by creating new relationships with one another so they could understand what the defendants have been going through prior to being arrested and put into the criminal justice system. I will discuss why this program was implemented, the year and state the first Drug court was implemented.
Almost every day, we hear about justice being served upon criminals and we, as a society, feel a sense of relief that another threat to the public has been sentenced to a term in prison, where they will no longer pose a risk to the world at large. However, there are very rare occasions where the integrity of the justice system gets skewed and people who should not have been convicted are made to serve heavy prison sentences. When word of this judicial misstep reaches the public, there is social outcry, and we begin to question the judicial system for committing such a serious faux pas.
For the past 50 years, America’s criminal justice system has encountered several significant changes dealing with courts and policing. According to Marion and Oliver (2006), the historical Supreme Court rulings like Mapp v. Ohio and Miranda v. Arizona mold the way courts and law enforcement handle individuals charged with committing crimes. This paper will discuss the evolution of courts and law enforcement reflects the diverse and changing need for today’s population which is first importance, the urgency for cooperation and communication among criminal justice agencies and law enforcement within the country. Individuals must
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For my Civic Engagement project, I plan on studying and learning more about Drug Courts. After reading about drug courts in the state courts chapter and after watching the video, A Better Deal, about the nations first drug court, I immediately got hooked on the topic and wanted to learn more about the court in depth. Before we go more in depth about the topic, let’s take a step back and ask, “What is drug court and what is the purpose for it?” Drug court is a specialized court, meaning it is it’s own court. Drug court is a diversionary program that offers offenders a second chance to correct their drug problems and also offers an alternative route rather than going to prison for breaking the law due to their drug abuse. The goal for drug courts
I believe that one of the best reforms to our justice system is the growing number of Problem-Solving Courts. Problem-Solving Courts are specialized courts that focus on specific problems in society, such as drug abuse, prostitution, mental-health, domestic violence, etc (Courts). I have chosen drug courts more specifically to research. According to drugpolicy.org, in 2012 1.55 million people were arrested for non-violent drug charges (Drug Policy Alliance). This is an astounding amount of people being arrested, which is why I believe it is important to have problem-solving courts. Unlike traditional courts, these specialized courts address the issues that individuals have that cause them to commit crimes in order to reduce the chances of
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