Justice has different definition for many. Prior to attending the University of Phoenix I was limited in my knowledge of the true meaning of justice. For me justice meant fairness and seeing that a victim sees a righteous outcome that the guilty are punished, and the innocent protected. I have come to discover that this is not reality. Justice has different variations of the meaning as it progresses throughout the criminal justice system, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Having a better understanding of what justice means to myself and others and how it plays different roles in all aspects of the criminal justice system will enable me to be more successful in my future career in criminal justice.
Pursuing Criminal Justice
The criminal justice system is composed of several components, each dependent upon the other. Within each component there are slightly different explanations of how justice can be attained through each process. In order for each component to be successful in achieving justice there must be justice achieved at the beginning with law enforcement, from the officers within our communities. Police officers must work with community members so that everyone has an equal opportunity to attain justice on some level. There are policies and practices in place that on some level helps law enforcement achieve justice. Additionally, the events of September 11, 2001 have forever changed how law enforcement interacts with the public and in some cases applies the law.
As I have progressed through my classes at the University of Phoenix, I have gained a more thorough understanding of how each aspect of the criminal justice system plays an indispensable part. My current goal is to work with a police department’s crime lab as an evidence technician eventually narrowing my focus to either ballistics or blood spatter pattern expert. Through this career I hope to contribute to the attainment of justice for those who are unable to. There are...