The Three Components Of The Criminal Justice System

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For many decades the population in the U.S. has been in the hands of the criminal justice system. Law enforcement, courts, and corrections have been making sure that the streets stay clean and that the community is safe. These three components work together in order to ensure justice is being served fairly. Although these three parts, of the criminal justice system, are different in many ways they succeed because of those differences. The different knowledge and insight each individual has about the criminal mind and behavior helps them make a fair assumptions and decisions when dealing with criminals and the society.
The criminal justice system is composed of three main parts: law enforcement, courts and corrections. Police, sheriffs,
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Victor E. Kappeler writes in his article, What is the Place of Police within the Criminal Justice System?, “Police hold a special place in the criminal justice system. Not only do the activities of law enforcement officers affect the operations of the entire criminal justice system, but police are said to be the “gate keepers” of the system”. Kappeler like most believe that law enforcement in a way decides how smooth things run in the system. Police officers attempt to keep communities safe. Officers make an effort to interact with the people of the community in order to make their jobs easier, safer, and more efficient.
After its initial contact with law enforcement, crime might then proceed to the courts. The court’s ensure that all disputes and laws are handled and enforced in a fair manner. It is the job of a judge to make a reasonable ruling after examining the situation. Without the courts laws would not be interpreted correctly, based on the information being presented. The circumstances of any particular case may result in a modification or refinement of the law and the way in which it is applied. Ultimately it is their job to resolve crimes and disputes without any preferences. Besides judges, attorneys and prosecutors also work in a court. Attorneys and prosecutors have a say in many situations and can often times may have a big impact on the decision of the judge. However,
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