Society and the Criminal Justice Profession Analytical Essay by SBurtis

Society and the Criminal Justice Profession
A paper on the needs of populations served by criminal justice practitioners that includes a discussion on society's perceptions of law enforcement in general.
# 152675 | 1,848 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper discusses how criminal justice practitioners serve a variety of populations in the course of performing their duties and responsibilities, including crime victims, juvenile offenders, adult prison populations and the criminal justice profession as a whole. The paper considers society's overall awareness of the duties and responsibilities involved in the criminal justice profession and discusses the role of the media in promoting negative stereotypes of law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals. The paper argues that there is little that can possible fully remove the negative stereotype that criminal justice professionals are forced to work around; the paper contends, however, that building trust and rapport, and helping one individual and one population at a time, allows the criminal justice practitioner to make a small difference that contributes to the overall improvement of public perception and confidence in public safety.

Populations and Their Needs
Society's Awareness of Pertinent Duties and Responsibilities within the Criminal Justice Profession
Society's Perception
Removing the Negative Stereotype

From the Paper:

"Perhaps the populations at the forefront of the criminal justice profession, crime victims rely on criminal justice professionals to serve their needs during the most vulnerable of times in their lives. Their most pressing need is to obtain answers and find satisfaction in justice. This need requires criminal justice practitioners to work diligently in investigating and solving crimes so perpetrators will be apprehended, charged, prosecuted, and in the ideal scenario, punished for their crimes. The second most important need in a victim's mind is compassion and understanding. Victims need someone to listen, someone who shows empathy, someone who is gentle in their handling of them even when asking the tough questions, and someone who will not violate them all over again. Additionally, victims need patience, not only in helping them to deal with the initial shock if a crime and subsequent investigation, but patience in dealing with their lack of patience when a crime is not immediately solved and ensuring they understand the grueling process they may face in the event of apprehension and trial of the party who victimized them ("What Do Victims Want?" 2000)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mauer, M., & Epstein, K. (2012). In To build a better criminal justice system: 25 experts envision the next 25 years of reform. Washington, DC: Sentencing Project. Retrieved October 20, 2012 from
  • O'Connor, C. (2008). What Works: Effective Prevention and Intervention Programs. University of Wisconsin Madison/Extension. Retrieved October 20, 2012, from
  • Petersilia, J. (2003). When prisoners come home: Parole and prisoner reentry. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Robbers, M. (2005). The Media and Public Perceptions of Criminal Justice Policy Issues: An Analysis of Bowling for Columbine and Gun Control. Retrieved October 20, 2012, from
  • Roberts, J. V., & Stalans, L. (1999). Public Opinion, Crime, And Criminal Justice. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Society and the Criminal Justice Profession (2013, April 15) Retrieved December 10, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Society and the Criminal Justice Profession" 15 April 2013. Web. 10 December. 2023. <>