Balance in the Administration of Justice Term Paper by JCowie024

Balance in the Administration of Justice
A discussion of balancing privacy rights with the need for public safety, in light of technological advancements.
# 129172 | 1,759 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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This paper provides a discussion of balancing privacy rights in the age of technology. The paper also explores various challenges in the administration of justice, including tasers, cell phones, GPS, mass communications, public safety, and sex offenders. The paper notes that administering justice while ensuring individual rights is a difficult balance to maintain. The paper explains that achieving this balance has become increasingly difficult as society continues to evolve, technology continues to advance, and criminals become more innovative. The paper points out that the development of technology has increased opportunities for crimes, as well as given law enforcement officers additional weapons to fight crime. The paper concludes that technological advancements, while beneficial to society, have presented special challenges to law enforcement officials and the justice system in maintaining law and order as well as individual rights.

Development of Technology and Mass Communications
Law Enforcement and GPS
Issues Facing the Legal Environment of Justice
Individuals Rights vs. Needs of the Justice System
Public Safety vs. Sex Offenders
Cell Phones and Law Enforcement

From the Paper:

"Unfortunately despite the recommendations of Amnesty International, there has been several court cases documenting the use of tasers in situations mentioned above. For example, a 72 year old female was tasered after daring the constable to do it. In Texas, the woman became belligerent during a traffic stop. The 72 year old female who is only 4' 11", was seen verbally challenging the constable when he attempted to issue the citation. As the video camera from the constable's cruiser shows, the elderly woman did not appear to present an immediate physical threat to the officer or the public. The woman eventually admitted that her behavior was wrong and despite being unruly, felt that her rights were violated as a result of being tased. According to an article by the Associated Press (2009) the woman was awarded $40,000 in a settlement despite the prosecution declaring the constable did nothing wrong."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Amnesty International. (2009). Amnesty International's Recommendations to Law Enforcement Agencies on Tasers. Retreived from:
  • Angelen, R. (2009, October 21). Taser Advice: Don't Aim at Target's Chest. Retrieved from:
  • Associated Press. (2009). 72-year-old woman hit by TASER admits wrong, still gets $40K Settlement. Retrieved from:
  • California Department of Motor Vehicles. (2009). Text Messaging Law Effective January 1, 2009/Cellular Phone Laws Effective July 1, 2008. Retrieved from:
  • Governor's Highway Safety Association. (2009). Cell Phone Driving Laws. Retrieved from:

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