Criminal Justice Essay

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Criminal Justice System Jared Farmar CJA/204 Thursday, August 02, 2012 Alberto Hulings Criminal Justice System It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive (Warren). Even though different agencies compete with each other, the criminal justice system is necessary to control violence and uphold the laws because without it, laws would be broken without consequence and crime rates would increase. The criminal justice system consists of three main components and is ideally made up of a five step process through the justice system and five goals that are meant to control the crime rate. From the time that a crime is committed, the process is in full gear and investigation is underway. Crime is conduct in violation of the criminal laws of the state, the federal government, or a local jurisdiction, for which there is no legally acceptable justification or excuse (CJi Interactive). The criminal justice system consists of three components; the police, the courts, and corrections. Traditionally, the American people would like to believe that the system is working smoothly and that all of our agencies are cooperating with each other. The consensus model and the conflict model represent two different perspectives on the way our system is actually working. The consensus model shows that each of the three components are working together in order to achieve one common goal. On the other hand, the conflict model is a more realistic way of explaining how the system is actually working. This model shows that each component of the criminal justice system is conflicting with another components goal. In addition to the two models, we have five steps that make up the criminal justice process. The first step in the process is investigation and arrest. Crimes are investigated at the scene before any arrest is actually made in order to acquire

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