Key Concepts and Implications of Neurocriminology The concepts Dr. Raine discussed in this presentation were very thought provoking and dealt with a concept that I have long been interested in. Many of us search for an answer regarding “where does evil come from?” When a violent crime occurs that has an effect on society we often hear phrases such as, “You know there had to be something wrong with him. No person in their right mind could have done something like that.” In our search for answers, it is very typical to assume there is a defect of the mind. When Dr. Raine discussed what I felt was a key concept, if not the central theme of his presentation, “Violent offenders may know right from wrong cognitively, but may not have the feeling of right and wrong” (Raine, 2010) I think he hit on an idea that we can all buy into. At least in part, many can agree with the lack of a conscious or soul.
The criminal process exists to investigate crimes, screen suspects, detain dangerous defendants, and secure convictions of guilty parties. The punishments for criminals within this process are much more severe. The crime control model was created in order apprehend and convict. With this model would come more jails, prisons, punishments, higher need for the death penalty. With this model, there is no second chance.
Furthermore, the discretion of police can play a large role in the investigation of criminal offences; however, it can lead to certain individuals in society being targeted. The amount of power that police currently have is enough to successfully achieve justice and to sufficiently protect the community. It is imperative to the safety of society that police have a large degree of power in criminal investigations. The New South Wales police force under the Law Enforcement (Power and Responsibilities) Act 2002 is given special legal powers to enable them to effectively carry out their duties. The ‘7:30 report – Sydney shootings spark call for expanded police powers’ supports the importance of police having a high degree of authority in criminal matters.
Ethical Considerations for the Investigator and Prosecutor in Homicide and Rape The investigator and prosecutor play very critical roles, roles that are only fairly fulfilled if all parties are as ethical as possible. Failing to act ethically can lose a case, set a criminal free or could even mean someone innocent going to prison. While ethics in every single type of case are important we are going to examine homicide and rape. Both homicide and rape leave the public hungry for answers. We must be sure that finding those answers are done ethically from the crime scene to trial.
Criminal Defense Case Analysis Lina Webb CJA 354-Criminal Law Instructor: Stephanie Smith December 20, 2013 Criminal Defense Case Analysis The insanity defense is a very controversial one. Throughout history there have been many shows, books, and movies displaying insanity to avoid being convicted of murder. The insanity defense is used in-frequently and is not a popular one and usually only used in cases that are very serious. Society seems to be becoming more open to the idea of defenses that were once thought of with a less serious tone. Justification and excuse both play an interesting role in the criminal justice field.
Both the crime control model and the due process model have a common goal in seeing that these goals are met, but there are differences in the ways that these goals are met, but these models tend to be in conflict of one another. Proponents of the crime control model endorse an all out assault on criminal activity. “War on Crime” plays a major role in this model, it
Criminal Justice Strategies Individual-rights advocate versus public-order play an important role in our criminal justice system today. I think that public order would have a more profound reflection on the criminal justice system as we speak. Public order brings to life advocacy for crime being controlled. I think it was best put in to focus as, “at what point does the cost to civil liberties from legislation designed to prevent terrorism (and crime) outweigh the added security that legislation provides (O’Connor, 2007, p.11).” I personally support these types of strategies knowing that the U.S. government has earned the right to allow physical force above us who cannot obey the laws. Therefore, the rights that we are accessible to allow
Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System Opinion Portfolio LaDonna Williams August 7, 2009 Contemporary issues in the criminal justice system often have several different sides and cause controversy over differing opinions. These issues are usually difficult to resolve, or even create laws for, because solution is a matter of a person’s values and beliefs. This paper will discuss several contemporary issues in the criminal justice system, including the effects of the media, racial disparities, criminal rights and national security. While discussing each topic, the author will define the issue, present and justify her opinion with facts and statistics and explain why opponents should reconsider their positions. Violence
In contrast, the due process model emphasizes "protecting the rights of the accused through formal, legal restraints on the police, courts, and corrections" (Gaines). Under the due process model, the same case would face would be put under a microscope and carefully examined; every piece of evidence, every witness testimony would be scrutinized in order to ensure a fair trial is delivered. The due process is more beneficial to the criminal justice system because it protects everyone's rights equally by regulating the police and courts. The due process model is what separates