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The Criminal Justice NON-System.html

The Criminal Justice NON-System


Because the three sections of the criminal justice system overlap and yet are frequently referred to as well as operate as separate entities, some access it as a nonsystem. The perspective of the nonsystem stems from the fact that each section has its history and culture, ergo influencing the direction and flow of development.


For example, each state, each county, and nearly every city or town has its form of law enforcement. Additionally, as you are likely aware, each state, county, and city/town has varying perspectives as to what activities are legal and which are not – – like is burning leaves legal or not? Is it legal to turn right at a red light? While these may appear to be minor issues, they do communicate a sense of disjointedness promoting the idea of the criminal justice process being a nonsystem.


The same is true of the judiciary process – the courts. Just consider the varying people who are involved in the judiciary process – – judges, clerks, attorneys, record keepers, court officers, paralegals, etc. All of these people play a role in assisting with the running of the system, but each does this from a different perspective in terms of what is deemed a priority. Again, a system that functions, sometimes within an atmosphere of confusion, is characteristic of a nonsystem.


Lastly, corrections – this not only includes jails and prisons, but also halfway houses, treatment programs, parole services, and house-arrest situations. The center of focus for each of these varies according to the goal – a nonsystem within a system!


Whether your perspective is that criminal justice is a system or a nonsystem may be determined by what you know about it and your history and experience with it. The same is true of each member of society – – some praise law enforcement, but have issues with the judiciary process; some have a love-hate relationship with law enforcement but access corrections as being bias. Other people like and agree with the process as a whole as long as everything goes their way or the way they feel it should and despair of the whole process if they disagree.


On this note, let’s go back to the personalized access of each section, beginning with law enforcement.

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