Personal Conflict In Criminal Justice Organizations

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Conflict in criminal justice organizations are a normal process and it may be impossible and harmful to eliminate it. A criminal justice organization may face four major types of such conflict (Stojkovic, Kalinich, & Klofas, 2012). They include personal, group, intra-organizational and inter-organizational conflict. Personal conflict is conflict inside a person, when the individual is struggling with their values and belief versus that of the organizations. Conflict within an individual can also arise when a person has to choose between two alike wanted options or between two similarly harmful objectives. An example of personal conflict within a criminal justice organization, would be a public defender notices one judge sends juveniles to juvenile facility for all crimes instead only harsh crimes. The public defender knows that this is a facility for only major crimes committed by juveniles but a particular judge sends all juveniles faced to this facility. The defender is faced with a personal conflict to defend or out the judge.
Another conflict type faced in a criminal justice organization is group conflict. It is recognized as the most common type of conflict. Group conflict arises when there is a disagreement of common
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This conflict arise from factors inherent in the organizational structure. Conflict may be between workers at separate level in the hierarchy of the organization or even between employees at the same level of the hierarchy (Stojkovic, Kalinich, & Klofas, 2012). The most common intra-organization conflict is when an employee can’t understand or complete tasks assigned. For example, there is active and continuous conflict between the union and the management (Stojkovic, Kalinich, & Klofas, 2012). Similarly, intergroup conflict may arise between desk officers and patrol officers who might blame each other for anything that goes wrong at a
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