Honest and justice are horizontally correlated. Without one the other will not exist the way it is meant to. All individuals directly involved with the criminal justice system understand that honesty is extremely important for a defendant and victim to receive justice. For example, a man by the name of Johnnie Earl Lindsey spent a quarter of a century in a Texas state prison. Back in 1981, Lindsey was convicted of rape in Dallas, TX. The victim had sought him out of a line-up and believed Lindsey was the rapist. The jury dismissed Lindsey’s alibi and felt that the victim’s testimony had more credibility.
In September 2008, Lindsey was released after a post DNA testing was done (The Justice Project, Inc, n. d ). The example used is only one out of the many. There are many inmates in prisons all over the country that have had an unjust service done to them. In order for injustice to occur, honesty is compromised. Due Process In the United States, the government has what is known as due process. Due process of law simply means that as citizens of the United States we are protected against liberty, property and deprivation of life. If an individual is being accused of a crime, there must be the presence of fair reasonable elements.
Under due process, it is mandatory that at any time an individual is to be arrested that they are presented before a court and notified the reasons of the arrest. Due process is designed to protect the rights of the citizens of the United States in the event that any one is being charged with a crime. This eliminates the fact that no one is being taken advantage of. This process holds an enormous significant value in the way that the country’s criminal justice is organized. Due process ensures that every individual gets the opportunity to have a day in court for a fair and just trial.
Crime Control Crime control is a method used to reduce the crime rate through high levels of police patrolling the streets of society. This method of policing places less emphasis on the individual rights or liberties and more importance on protecting society. Crime is increasing as technologically advances. Crime control has become an important role to stop those trying to damage society as a whole. The website (n. d) explains that some of the crimes that society and America faces are illicit drug trafficking, smuggling, hijacking, kidnapping, terrorism.
In spite of vigorous and vehement national and international efforts towards combating such crime, it is quite disappointing to note that the crimes are rapidly growing in various forms. Crime has not been a positive attribute to any community growing. This only suppresses society’s rights and liberties. It puts them into a state of fear by not wanting to enhance life around them or their own. Therefore, the presence of crime control will allow individuals the right to use their freedom and allow them the power to live life without any challenges that are brought on by criminals.
Due Process Vs Crime Control Due process and crime control are opposite. They have different meanings in who and why they are there. Due process protects the rights and liberties of the individuals. This process works for all people so they are given the opportunity of equality and fairness. Crime control is aimed to serve people of society in a way that sweeps criminals off the streets without hearing a side or two. This more or less forgets the civil liberties and moves forward with the process in the justice system. This is a way to get criminals off the streets the fast.
Conclusion As society continues to uses many elements they must consider honesty, justice, due process and crime control. As they all aim to protect people and enhance the quality of life in the criminal world, it is necessary to understand how they impact the legal system. Without one, it can compromise the other. Crime control is one way that may have the hardest understanding. Although police officers need to know the rights of individuals they are also obligated to protect and serve, therefore, crime control may be seen as a very successful process.
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