Some studies showed a positive correlation between the violent threats towards victims and their decision not to pursue charges or any other mediation (Artz, 2011). In other words, threatened violence by the offender directed towards the victim was a reason behind the victim failing to cooperate. Artz (2011) further notes studies performed in the 1990’s showed women may not follow through with the process due to the criminal justice process itself. The process is very time consuming and with multiple court dates, taking off work and finding adequate childcare can create issues (Artz, 2011, p. 8). These studies also found the problems that can occur with the service of protection orders, misunderstanding of the criminal justice system itself, and once again, being afraid of the offender, will serve as a determining factor in a victims’ willingness to cooperate with further court proceedings.
In today’s world, due to the depletion of natural resources and the continuous fight for power, basic human needs are not being met in many societies. This is a major factor that leads a normal person to turn t... ... middle of paper ... ... a fixed set of laws applied to crime committers, theorists, criminologists, and psychologists such as Michael R. Gottfredson and Cesare Lombardo have shown that it is possible to commit a crime in good faith. The question is should this exempt a criminal from the penalties he/she would face? I believe the response to that question can actually be within the hands of the criminal. When committing a crime, even in good faith, does the criminal expect to be punished or does he do so without fearing the consequences?
It wasn’t until recently that attitudes regarding domestic violence have been taken seriously. Historically, the predominant thought was to blame the victim and give into myths and stereotypes. However, there has been a push to reevaluate these attitudes and begin to retrain law enforcement to understand domestic violence (Grover, Paul, and Dodge 626). In a study regarding attitudes of police officers towards domestic violence, it was found that “most of the officers (84%) felt that domestic violence calls take too much of their time and effort” (Grover et al 626). Officers “showed a high level of frustration with repeat calls to the same address (93%), and believed that too many domestic violence calls are for verbal arguments (93%)” (Grover et al 626).
Many people feel negatively towards the police and the justice system when claims of misconduct go un-investigated. Consequently, this shows the police need to have their privileges specifically outlined and strictly enforced so that shooting incidents and reports of brutality are thoroughly investigated otherwise citizens start developing the idea that the justice system is actually working against them. Especially when they stop protecting the community and only help each other. When the majority starts losing faith in the police, citizens begin to feel as if they are not safe and that they need to take action and start protecting the community since there is no where else to
The organization that I have come up with is called the MPPR, the Misuse of Police Power Recognition. It is important that the first step to solving the problem we have is for the police is to recognize what is going on. We need to recognize that what some police men are doing is wrong and put a stop to it. One major thing that could help stop the abuse would be to talk to the police officers advisers. Most of the time they do not know what is going on around their precinct because it happens behind their back.
All in all, criminal justice research has a strong, positive impact on how law enforcement agencies can fight crime and in turn, help reduce the use of financial means, other and provide guidance in doing the job in a correct manner. Furthermore, Garrison explains, “research conducted in regards to implementing criminal justice policy must guide the moral and ethical standards of the criminal justice system and field” (2009). In research, a theory may be used to understand and find reasons why something occurs and how it negatively and positively impacts society. Research plays an important role in finding out ways that can be more effective and productive regarding certain types of crimes. In fact, most of the information gathered by crime reporting agencies such as the National Crime Victimization Survey is obtained by those people who were victims of a crime, be it a misdemeanor or a felony.
Pros of the restorative justice system are that it brings parties together in crime. Instead of a short term goal, the restorative justice system takes a long-term approach to reducing crime and violence using different kinds of methods. In restorative justice programs, offenders work with others affected by their criminal actions. Restorative justice promotes instilling positive behaviors in young criminals and teaching long-lasting changes in behavior to prevent future crimes. There also could be negative consequences from the restorative justice system.
I think the majority have a bad perception on law enforcement to be more specific because of all the negative events the media reports. A lot of times the general public does not understand what it means to work as a criminal justice practitioner and the duties, responsibility and stress that come with this role. The solution I believe to this problem is educating the general public on both the positive and negative aspects of the profession. Maybe involve the police more with the community. Give them the opportunity to get to know the police serving them on a more personal level.
Police officials are abusing their power and authority through three types of misconduct known as malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance and these types are being overlooked by management personnel who rarely intervene even though they know what is happening. Misconduct is wrong because it violates rights and cause people to be wrongly accused of crimes or be found not guilty and set free when they are still an endangerment to other people. The public needs to be educating on what is happening in the police system in hopes that someone will speak out to protect citizens from being violated by police officers. The article Police Integrity: Rankings of Scenarios on the Klockars Scale by “Management Cops,” conveys that the different scenarios for each definition and the nature of police work make this corruption difficult to specifically define (Vito 153). Since it so challenging to correctly define, the three broad categories of malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance ... ... middle of paper ... ...e punishments.
Be summing up, victims have a vital role to play in bringing criminal to justice. By having the courage to stand up and be a witness you can prevent further crimes happening and protects others from becoming a victim. And as many criminal justice official acknowledge that victims are central to effective crime investigation and prosecution. Although several initiatives have been developed to make court more friendly to witnesses; and there is still a need for them to be more responsive to the wellbeing victim’s family and all that concerns them and not just the victim.