There seems to be to many misdemeanors and non-violent crimes in the corrections division of the prison system. We need to focus on more of violent crimes and figure out what to do with the non-violent crimes.
By no means should any crime go unpunished but we have to as a group Of professionals figure this out and how to deal with it. Another issue that the criminal justice system needs to address is the homeless population that seems to endlessly flow through the system. There are 610,000 homeless people in the United States on any given day. The cost of housing these non-violent criminals are skyrocketing to the tax payers of this country I once again think the courts need to do a better job at dealing with these types of people.
Last but not least mental illness is another population that the criminal justice system serves. Probably one of the more troubling aspects of the criminal justice system has to deal with. It seems that these people just seem to fall through the cracks Of the system. Dealing with or addressing the needs of these populations seems to be a never ending process. Really don’t believe that the department of corrections has really too much to do with addressing the problems of the populations they serve. They pretty much can only watch over and provide so much assistance to these people.
My personal opinion is that we have over zealous erectors that just want convictions and don’t really care what happens to the people they convict. I have done some research and have found on the U. S. Department of Justice website that there are many grants and programs available to courts, law enforcement agencies and also corrections institutes to help train and also pay for training and awareness of Homeless news, substance abuse and many other programs. If we as a professional organization would look into some of these programs and grants we could do a better job of addressing these problems.
I don’t believe that people are really aware of the duties and responsibilities that the criminal justice professionals have to do on a daily basis. Take law enforcement for an example society expects them to uphold the law, protect people and their homes but don’t realize that they also must be non-bias, non-discriminatory and non-judgmental at all times. Another thing people or society doesn’t realize that police officers have make spilt second decisions. Also they have training on a daily basis in order to deal with emergency medical treatment and family disputes and also gang violence.
I believe that people look at this profession mostly from what they see on television and what they hear in the media. Think that before society can accurately perceive this profession that they must get out of their heads all of the in accuracies show on television shows week after week. The criminal justice system doesn’t really work the way they show on television. Ask any law enforcement officer what he or she thinks about what’s on TV and they will give you a little smirk. Also the media has a great impact on how criminal justice professionals are looked at.
They see for example a high speed car hash and show it on live television until the end and people think that maybe instead of chasing them they should worry more about how many people may get hurt as an end result. Police corruption is one of the biggest problems within the criminal justice system. The way to decrease this in my opinion is to have more training and to have more severe penalties in case Of police corruption. Just suspending them WITH PAY doesn’t really seem to be very harsh to me. If prosecutors would handle police corruption like any other civil case think you would see a decline in police corruption.
Another problem is police officers and court officials abusing the authority that they have. It seems once law enforcement officers put on the uniform they change. In order to change these kind of things I think we should do more screening of hiring officers. Also like we talked about so much through this course is to promote good ethical conduct. In conclusion criminal justice professional have a hard road to follow to be seen in the public eye as the good guys.