Individual Rights versus Public Order Comparison Essay by Peter Pen

Individual Rights versus Public Order
An examination of the advantages and disadvantages of the ideologies of individual rights and public order.
# 115570 | 1,608 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009
Published on Aug 03, 2009 in Law (Civil) , Law (Constitution)

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This paper defines and discusses the two ideologies of individual rights and public order. In particular, the paper compares the philosophies of both ideologies and discusses the pros and cons of each one. The paper concludes that in a well-maintained society a balance of both individual rights and public order is a necessity, although there can be a thin line between the two.

Table of Contents:
Individual Rights
Advantages to Individual Rights
Disadvantages to Individual Rights
Public Order
Advantages to Public Order
Disadvantages to Public Order

From the Paper:

"When crack cocaine hit the streets in 1980s and 1990s, the public observed an increase in crime, which threatened the foundation of their community and society as a whole. Problems include drug addiction; vandalism and destructive behavior; rape and other sexual offenses; gang-related violence; drug trafficking; vehicular accidents and injuries and other violent and property crimes. Violence associated with drugs has turned many neighborhoods, especially the poverty-stricken areas into war zones. Gang-related activities are at the core of many of the violent crime sprees. While gang-motivated murders declined in the early 1990s, gang-affiliated homicides rose. This increase was due to the involvement of gang members - not gangs in the drug trade."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lausanna,(2009, February 26). The Kindness of Crowds.
  • McKay, W. (n.d.) "The Philosophy of Law Enforcement." Retrieved July 5, 2009, from Police Reform website:
  • Metropolitan Police Department, MPDC's Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System Retrieved on June 28, 2009 from
  • Law Library- American Law and Legal Information.(2004). Public Order Crimes - Prostitution, Abnormal Sexual Behavior, Pornography, Alcohol And Crime, Driving Under the Influence. Retrieved July 3, 2009, from
  • Schmalleger, F. (2006). Criminal Justice Today: An Introductory Text for the 21st Century (ninth Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson-Prentice Hall.

Cite this Comparison Essay:

APA Format

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MLA Format

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