Victim and Crime Evaluation
May 5, 2014
The Criminal Justice system today is our scale of judgment. It plays a major part in how we live and how we continue to live among all the dangers, evil and corruption that surrounds us. Without it there wouldn`t be the fine line of right and wrong, there wouldn`t be justice. Those that are considered victims in our criminal justice would turn and become the aggressors and the criminals if we didn`t have a Legal System, and we would live in a world of chaos. Many individuals each have a role to play in our Criminal Justice System; there are the criminal and the victims who create the unfortunate events to which justice has to be served and then there…show more content… In the United State today, there is no standard when it comes to punishment and sentencing. This area of the criminal justice system is one that is in constant flux. Sentencing practices and goals are always under scrutiny. From “getting tough on crimes” to more rehabilitative approaches, the views and goals of sentencing are ever changing. Since time began, there was crime and with crime came the need to punish criminals. How criminals were punished and the methods behind the punishments changed throughout the times. Standards of punishment moved from banishment and fines to torture and “blood feunds.”(Siegel & Senna, 2005). A more organized system of punishment came forth with the formation of Common Law which was brought over to the United State from England. With the development of a system, there was a move away from physical punishment towards methods more acceptably used yet today in the United States. “Today there is many things criminal justice system aims to do by imposing punishments and sentences goals of punishment have moved from satisfying the victims, as in early days, to move of a broad scale. There are theories on how punishment and sentencing may serve to reduce crime as a whole. General and specific deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation, retribution, and reformation are just some of these goals.”(Siegal & Senna, 2005).
Victim input into sentencing decisions is most keeping with the objective of restitution, which places