Informal controls once again act in a manner that supports the idea that when neighborhood adults interact in terms of obligations and expectations, they are able supervise and control the activities of children. When this is not present in neighborhoods, such as the one shown in the documentary The House I Live In, the result is the participation of youths in the drug trade and other aspects of criminal life. The destruction of the neighborhood has already been underway as a result of spatial mismatch, but worsens when the war on drug is factored in. These neighborhoods often suffer from the result of the policy known as broken windows policing that doesn’t make situations any better. The policy is predicated on the notion that where there are a few broken windows, there will be more if the windows are not repaired.
As routine officers arrive on scene to carry out the purpose of the police department by providing peace, safety, and to maintain order emotions, rights and authority can disrupt judgment. In the case of Oscar Grant one officers actions were quickly misunderstood because another unarmed person would be killed by a police officer. In my opinion the officer failed to carry out the purpose of the police department because officers are expected to not do unnecessary harm but protect and serve. With new policy educating the public and police officers on how to commutate and react to one another could help decrease these types of actions.
Slamming any pre-existing admirable outlook readers may have had, Anderson inquires, based on his observations, “the authorities, particularly the police, paid scant attention and sometimes abused the victims themselves” (Anderson, 27). Philadelphia is notorious for its high crime rate, marking the police as almost a necessity to the function of everyday life. However, due to the mistreatment of citizens, people began to refer to the police as “ineffective” and “unworthy of trust.” The safeness of an area is key to the number of individuals using that public space, ultimately deeming the police a negative factor.
However, in Sutherland’s differential association theory he states that criminal behavior is learned from your intimate groups and the definitions of committing crime outweigh the unfavorable definitions (Scarpitti 2009). Since these offenders vary from investors to corrupt public officials they must have learned this behavior from someone they trusted and respected. Someone eventually told them it was “ok” to act this way and once they got enough of these definitions favorable to this crime they started committing it themselves. For example, a new police officer joins the force and the officer training him is doing some “under the table” dealings while out I the field. The new police officer talks to other members in the department
I do think they are necessary because like I said for those who only commit small crimes it is easier for them to go through probation or house arrest instead of throwing a potentially nonviolent offender into a jail where they can become a violent offender. I think economically it is a good idea as well as socially to have the plea bargain. If benefits the community and judicial system because it prevents overcrowding and changing a person into something worse than they were as well as makes the process go a lot faster so that the criminal can be dealt with so other things that need to be addressed can be addressed. I would not change the plea bargain; I think that it is a good idea in most case scenarios for those who have committed small crimes because those with big crimes are still going to be dealt with in a harsher
Hey Priscilla, you bring up a good point about the separation between juveniles and adults when it comes to the justice system. I agree that parens patriae should not be dispose since the government has to protect minors that can not protect them self. I know most juveniles lack maturity, development, and cognitive thinking skill in comparison to an adult, but it may be in the community they live in. Most juveniles that live in high crime areas are born into the criminal lifestyle and with parens patriae they can live a better life away from all crimes. Like you mention, juvenile offenders should join community based residential facilities to improve their well being, if they are dealing with minor offenses.
Both criminals and officer should be protected. But not all situations are brutal from the 8th amendment, there may be people that watch footage in cases, and inform others. For instance watching the footage and blaming a police officer for using unnecessary force. Although it is an issue, in riot situations, many people believe that officers should have the right to defend themselves and others such as the surrounding; communities, people around, or even businesses. People consider that using tasers or pepper spray or even using just a little force is considered police brutality.
In addition, in the article “Delinquent youth in corrections: Medicaid and reentry into the community,Gupta Ravindra talks about how the juvenile delinquent isn’t given mental help to be readmitted into the community. Thus leads to the assumption that
One of the alternatives to zero tolerance policing is community policing. In this model, both the law enforcers and the citizens have the shared responsibility of identifying and solving crime in a region (Reisig, 2010). The citizens are required to assist the police by being vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity to the police. The citizens also establish a neighborhood watch and citizen patrol camps that look out for criminal activities in a locality. The law enforcers also collaborate with public and private organizations to combat crime.
While officers can legally use physical and even deadly force under some circumstances, police have engaged in unjustified shootings, unnecessarily rough treatment, and severe beatings. The increase of police brutality has caused citizens
Take a Stand: Police Officers Should Wear Body Cameras Police officers are portrayed as the protectors of the people, the men and women who fight to keep our communities safe, but that image is often blurred when there is a victim involved. In order to guarantee a more efficient justice system, many people turn to look for alternatives to help find answers to unknown questions when settling disputes between police officers and victims. Due to recent incidents of innocent lives lost, police officers should be required to wear body cameras on duty in order to ensure a decrease in misconceptions between the public and the police. By requiring officers to wear body cameras, public outrage can succumb, officers will be able to do their jobs better,
One, of the reasons I think police brutality is such as a big deal is because there is no agency to police the police. This means that there is nobody telling the police to stop or to handle the situation differently. A small group of protesters could monitor police officers and inform them that their methods are extreme. When it comes to requiring the use of force such as beating or shooting suspects officers need to try using peaceful negotiations. For instance if you are a witness to police brutality you and anybody else that happened to be present on the scene can band together and report the incident or talk to the police and remind them to talk it out first before pulling out weapons.
In this sense, advocates of rehabilitation see the opportunity to use the criminal justice system as part of a larger social welfare”(Wright, 2012, p. 1.6). Correctional professionals can use criminal theory to help them understand why certain criminals do and commit the crimes they have. With criminal theory there are many different theories as to why criminals become criminals. If correctional professionals were to take a class on understanding criminal behavior or criminal theory I honestly believe that it would help them in understanding how to help certain inmates achieve rehabilitation or self confidence. When trying to understand why people commit crimes, correctional professionals should have an understanding on how to treat and take care
The United States justice system is a complicated system. The justice system is the third branch of the government. This branch holds the responsibility to create and up hold laws. The justice system has a precise order of how things fall into place when a crime has been committed. The process to arrest an individual to the sentencing of that individual takes a bountiful amount of steps and procedures.
Conditional sentences are primarily intended when a person commits their first crime and there is no reason to fear that he or she will re-offend. Probation can be applied to crimes for which fines are considered insufficient. If a conditional sentence is forced, there will be a probationary period of two years. During this period, the person must conduct himself in an acceptable manner. The conditional sentence may be combined with day fines and/or an obligation to perform community service.