The criminal justice system is very important to our everyday life. In order for the society to feel some kind of safety within their community all the core components are necessary. The core components of the American criminal justice system are law enforcement, criminal courts, and correctional agencies (Schmalleger, 2011). According to Francis Bacon, “If we do not maintain Justice, Justice will not maintain us” (Schmalleger, 2011, p. 17). This statement is very true, as a citizen it is our civil duty to uphold our justice system. . www. ojp. usdoj. gov.
This chart is broken up into five different colors per section, but it still coincides with what is learned in the text book. The light color blue is the law enforcement area. Our law enforcement is used to protect our society. They enforce the law, make the arrest, and start the investigations need for the criminal to proceed to the next steps (Schmalleger, 2011). Police are sometimes viewed as the enemy in a lot of cases, but there are police out there that do follow protocol and are here for the community’s best interest. The navy blue, purple, and orange is the court system.
The criminal court system is to give every individual a fair opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty. The court is also a place where criminal cases are decided upon, the sentencing is given to the guilty, and the assurance of due process (Schmalleger, 2011, p. 17). The court system is looked upon as a place where justice is served, but we may all feel that the justice system at one point has failed us. Lastly is the yellow section of the chart. This area is the part where the convicted spends their time for committing a crime.
Our correctional faculties are to protect us from all the criminals that the law enforcement and the court system have found to be guilty. The correctional agencies also have to keep the inmates safe from other inmates, and also supervision is provided (Schmalleger, 2011). There are also times where the offenders serve their time and then released back into society, so the correctional agencies provided them different opportunities to make them more successful in life (Schmalleger, 2011). There are also two important models that are within the criminal justice system, and they are the consensus and conflict models.
The consensus model is when all the core components of the criminal justice system works together. As the text states,” the system is smooth due to the cooperation between the various components of the system, (Schmalleger, 2011, p. 16). I feel that a case that has substantial evidence is easier to agreement upon. Then there is the conflict model and it seems to be just the opposite. Each core component is trying to finds ways to convict the offender. I believe that each component is working against each other to have justice prevail. I think that our American criminal justices system functions to the best of its ability.
When it comes down to the law enforcement, they have a job to adhere to and some do it well. Our court systems can be a little bias at times. I do believe that there are some cases where the accuser is not guilty and is then found guilty and in the reverse. The correctional agencies have a lot to deal with on a daily basis. We are very lucky that this country is not ran under a law should as the Hammurabi Law. References Schmalleger, F. S. (2011). Criminal justice today: An introductory text for the 21st century (10th ed. ). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. Retrieved on July 8, 2011 from: http://www. ojp. usdoj. gov.