The American Criminal Justice System Analytical Essay by RavingWriter

An exploration of the history and development of the criminal justice system in the United States.
# 114676 | 1,314 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses the history of the criminal justice system in the civilized world and in the United States in particular. It then looks at the evolution of the American criminal justice system and discusses the challenges that the criminal justice system has faced over time. Finally, the paper discusses what the future may hold for criminal justice in the United States.

Table of Contents:
The History of the Criminal Justice System
The Criminal Justice System Comes to America
Modern Challenges to the Criminal Justice System

From the Paper:

"Yet another complicated issue for the American criminal justice system to sort out at the current time is the issue of justice for foreign terrorists. Because those who wage terror against the US are often not parts of organized, recognized military organizations, they are not prosecuted under international military justice, but are subject to the laws of the US. Herein, however, the controversy lies, as there are those legal experts who maintain that Constitutional protection only applies to American citizens, not those who are foreigners who have sought to kill American citizens and destroy the American homeland. What has happened recently is that American jails have become filled with suspected terrorists from abroad and to merely release them could spell disaster for America, but keeping them locked up for years on end without due process of law once again violates the rights that some feel these individuals are entitled to receive. As such, the crisis is clear, and will have to be resolved somehow in the future (Cook, 2001)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cochrane, J., Melville, G., & Marsh, I. (2004). Criminal Justice: An Introduction to Philosophies, Theories and Practice. London: Routledge.
  • Cook, J. R. (2001). Asphalt Justice: A Critique of the Criminal Justice System in America. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Feinman, C. (1994). Women in the Criminal Justice System (3rd ed.). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
  • Friedman, L. M. (1993). Crime and Punishment in American History. New York: BasicBooks.

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