Crime and the Legal System

The article ‘Crime and the Legal System’ is a fount of wisdom in terms of the general machinations of the legal system and the evolutionary changes that had occurred in the [1] ‘system’ as a result of the socio-biological forces that bound individuals and groups in a community/nation/state. The article introduced me to, initially to the concept of evolutionary legal system as affected by multimeric societal forces and the measure of efficacy of the dominant legal system at a particular timeline.

From the reading, I arrived at the following general conclusions: (1) that the efficacy of the law system cannot be based on the ‘sophistication’ of the system alone; and (2) that the current legal system employed is identifiable by the fight between two systems of values—due process and crime control. The current legal system is merely a ‘sophisticated’ version of the crude quid pro quo system; the evolvement from customary to natural to a complicated legal system with several classifications such as civil/torts, white collar, and crimes leaves nothing to be desired about.

The point is that the ‘police-enforced’ crime control does not necessarily encourage reduction of crime rates compared to the archaic method of quid pro quo or the classic retribution. What is good about the current system is that it easily dissects what is considered ‘legal’ and/or legal. This was duly impossible with the old system since it was only the ‘agreed upon’ wrong acts which were punished. Petty crimes like ‘trespassing’ would go unpunished during the old days.

Considering the fact that the legal system is an indispensable element in any state/community for social solidarity, it is of huge import that we consider the faults of the system. Take for instance, much as the current legal system allows for ‘apprehending and punishing those who have committed the criminals, it may also shield/protect the criminals from the potential crimes through ‘due process. ’ Thus, we can say that given the good set of attorneys (which can be bought by money) and lack of sufficient evidences, most crimes would go ‘white-washed.

’ I think this was what the paper lack; instead of introducing several generalities on the current system instead of focusing on its’ faults. Additionally, the paper failed to identify the root cause of the increasing crime rates. Crimes are not merely determined by the efficacy of the system but rather, it is more complicated than that. Crimes are result of multimeric sociological factors like population, technological advancement, statistics, distribution, age strata, and related factors within a community.

Crimes are deviations from the society’s norms which are, of course, regulated by the legal system and the enforcers. While it is true that ‘police’ are not the solution to the crime rates, on the very least, we admit that their roles as controllers and finding the culprits help with the delivery of criminal justice. They act as buffers in the on-going problem on mounting crime rates. Social control theory tries to display the ‘environmental determinism’ and ‘socio-cognitive behaviours’ as possible explanation and solution for crimes.

Family targeted-therapies are seen as possible therapies to reduce crime rates and prevent recidivism, but to what extent is this effective? While it is true that social control theory has its’ many loopholes in terms of suggesting solutions for controlling crime, it would also be hypothetically wrong to discard their discrete explanations. It is implicit that the social control theory be tested for their effective application at the community level if only to determine their efficacy.

Additionally, most studies would only involve on therapies/control of violent criminals. Few would focus on the ‘controlling’ the prevalence of white collar crimes. While it is true that the effect of violent crimes is more gruelling than the white collar crimes, the increasing number and the lack of control of the latter does not bode well for the future. The article ‘Crime and the Legal System’ is a good material for reading for general criminology and basic sociology since it cultivates a deeper level of thinking for the reader.

Considering that it led us to a merry travel on the evolution of crime and legal system, it left us one unwritten but blatant question at the end of the reading—what changes would the legal system undergo for the future? Bibliography [1] “Crime and The Legal System,”sociologyonline. com, Fall 2006. [Online]. Available: from http://www. sociologyonline. net/text/intro/nelson21/frtext1. htm [ Accessed June 4, 2008].