There are too many examples of crimes that are not properly punished, while at the same time, we continue to see prisons filling up with petty criminals who would be better punished by carrying out services to the community. If the basic purpose of the justice system is to ensure that the punishment fits the crime, then substantial changes need to be made.
This influx of quick sentencing has led to mass incarceration and overpopulated prisons. So the question must be asked, to what extent do the ends justify the means? Is it ethical to continue the practice of plea bargaining if it lets the guilty get off, puts the innocent behind bars, and consumes our prisons? All these questions leave one to conclude that plea bargaining is corrupt and does not properly represent a successful justice system. DESCRIPTION OF THE COURT The overall intent of the criminal justice system is to deliver justice for all, by convicting and punishing the guilty and helping them to stop offending, all the while protecting the innocent.
Every civilization in history has had rules, and citizens who break them. To this day governments struggle to figure out the best way to deal with their criminals in ways that help both society and those that commit the crimes. Imprisonment has historically been the popular solution. However, there are many instances in which people are sent to prison that would be better served for community service, rehab, or some other form of punishment. Prison affects more than just the prisoner; the families, friends, employers, and communities of the incarcerated also pay a price.
But when we look at a retributive style sentence there are also many concerns of are we just throwing that person in jail without getting them the help they need. The type of crime committed and the offender always need to be looked at in depth in any criminal case. Removing the racial disparity aspect of sentencing is something that will take time to overcome, but I feel can happen. There are structure and guidelines for sentencing, but judges have huge discretion when it comes to sentence they impose on an offender. Depending on the crime and the offender each sentencing option should be looked at.
In the past, the main topic concerning the Criminal Justice System (CLJ) was, if the type of crime fits the degree of punishment an inmate will receive. Now we are struggling with the best ways to punish criminals. Some people recognize a criminal as defiant and need harsh disciplinary actions. Most correctional officers treat offenders like they are not human beings with remorse. Most of the prison population will be released into the free populations and have a high chance of recidivating.
It seems as if people are continually being accused of things and then the police and prosecutors do anything in their power to make their cases stronger in order to prosecute these offenders. This can be fixed by making prosecutors and police more accountable for their actions. Many prosecutors will do everything in their power, even illegal things, to ensure that someone gets convicted of a crime. There must be more internal and external investigation into prosecutor’s actions. There should be harsh punishment of prosecutors for not overturning all evidence.
Whether one goes to prison or not is a major determinant of whether they will later move on to become a professionalized criminal because, especially youth who are given adult sentences, they are surrounding by inmates with more experience who generally share their criminal techniques (Neminski, 2013) The juvenile can become socialized in a negative way that may lead to a return to a criminal lifestyle and to be more successful as criminals when they are released (Neminski, 2013). Moreover, Neminski states that offenders who return to prison on average were
The convicted have to live under a strict set of rules. Tonry reported (as cited in Weisberg, 2012) that the bigger the population in prison, them more society is committed to reform. This is not always the case, in more recent time the nation is getting tough on crime and is in no way looking for criminal to have an easy way out or even the treatments necessary. The reasons that punishing offenders is a good deterrent of crime that by taking away the freedom of an individual makes them re... ... middle of paper ... ...ys to change the system to meet the needs. The system works today for the way the United States is today and will continue to change to meet the new waves of criminal activity.
A problem however, is that by moving the head gang members you run the risk of transferring gangs and gang activities from one facility to another. Prison gangs have proven themselves to be very powerful and hard and expensive to control. Although with new education programs for correctional officers and gang members themselves one can only hope that the number of inmates participating in gang activities will decrease, research however, says otherwise. With new members joining all the time, and the amount of money that can be made while participating in gang activities it would seem that prison gangs may very well prove to be permanent part of prison life.
Punishing criminals by putting them in a correctional facility such as prisons can be successful in repenting the criminal as they would reflect on their own actions, allowing the guilt to make them better people, probably even seeing their own faults through other prisoners. Prisons give criminals a chance to rehabilitate themselves by using the facilities there present such as the counseling and seminars given. The fact that prisons house a lot of criminals that associate with each other has created a “criminal community”, an atmosphere where crime inhibits; therefore criminals can only aid each other out to become better “crims”, learning the tricks of the trade as well as toughening each other up through the highly abusive nature of the criminals there. Health wise, prisons can highly be dangerous and lethal to the prisoners; such diseases as AIDS from homosexual relationships and drug use is prevalent, as well as male rape, and even female rape, even some become mentally insane. In general however, prisons aren’t a nice place to be.