Pros And Cons Of The Criminal Justice System

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“Our criminal justice system is fallible. We know it, even though we don't like to admit it. It is fallible despite the best efforts of most within it to do justice. And this fallibility is, at the end of the day, the most compelling, persuasive, and winning argument against a death penalty.” (Spitzer, 2013). The criminal justice system, like any system is designed by human beings and hence possess the possibility of a loophole for criminals. Needless to say, the system was introduced in order to maintain law and order as well as provide a safe community for the people. If this is true, then why do we get to witness crimes, some beyond the horror of one’s imaginations and later find that the court decided to rule in the accuser’s favor by making …show more content…

The police and news channels broadcasted the warnings against the predator, for they feared the lives of prospective victims, yet at the same time, he was allowed into the society. If the system feared for the attacks to reoccur then why did they allow him to be released? Why in the first place would we release such a man into society and risk the lives of women. In spite of having the four pillars of the justice system, why do we fail to prevent such crimes? When will the court realize that this man, among many, is a threat and perhaps deserves a real substantial prison sentence? One might suggest therapy and counselling to improve the mind set, but what if the man refuses to agree to it, which tended to happen with this man. As a result, these men remain unremorseful and psychotic, and are released into the society with this mind frame. This was an example of a criminal offence. In terms of a civil offence, one of the issues faced by the public would be the queue time, i.e. the wait time for the court …show more content…

Our justice system certainly requires remodelling in certain areas, such as the criminal code. It appears that the criminal code was originally enacted in 1892 and never been revised, with the exception of consolidations taken place in 1906, 1927 and 1953. However, a bill was proclaimed in 1996 to amend the criminal code regarding sentencing (Pringle, 2014). The code needs to be amended in order to reflect the current times; punishment and protection of the public must be at the top of the agenda. There are three issues that we should focus on: the first would be to build more jails. This way judges wouldn’t be pressurized to give lenient sentences due to lack of jail space, the second would be to elect judges in order to reflect the will of the majority of public. This way, we can ensure that judges are not biased, and we have the power to vote them out of office if biases occurs. The third focus point would be to open shelter homes specifically for criminals and addicts who are mentally ill and require residential treatment. This would act as a transition between prison and

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