By Elizabeth Gonzalez
In the U.S., many with experiential experience agree that the criminal justice system is in a definite crisis. There are differing views as to its systemic problems and what those solutions should be. Over all it appears to be the public’s assumption that individual rights are guaranteed for accused criminals. People assume that the Constitution prevents the criminal justice system from working for the people appropriately and exacting justice for all.
It is accepted among people working in the legal realm that constitutional rights are not given deference to the justice system. Many experts believe that one of the hugest challenges of all facing the criminal justice system is the nation's illegal drug problem. One of many inescapable facts is that a lack of funds that has weakened our justice system. Prosecutors, public defense attorneys, and courts are overwhelmed and for the most part and completely underpaid. Local jails and prisons are extremely overcrowded and this is taxing the penal system. Many believe that it is of the utmost importance that the general public comes to understand that the criminal justice system is limited in its role reducing crime (Podell. 1992). People must see that the crime problem be it related to drugs or not, is most certainly a societal problem that has its depths entrenched in both the economic status of the U.S. and a decaying moral system.
Today, we face the constant challenge of preventing, preparing, responding, and recovering in an all-hazards threat environment. As such, Homeland Security and others agencies must use secure and trusted information gathering, assessment, and sharing – all which are critical across every level of government and private sector in order to protect our homeland and counter potential threats (Schmalleger. 2009).
As national security leaders work to secure transparency and there are many countless approaches that can be taken (Schmalleger. 2009). Our national security system should initiate ways to solve the expanding cyber-threats created from our advisories and implement strategies to encourage stability during times of crisis.
Technology in Responding to Judicial System Problems
Drug testing technology is now commonplace in American society. Drug testing will also now used very frequently in menial jobs – the realization that not all sects of society are exempt from drug use (Schmalleger. 2009).
Another extremely important technology is DNA. DNA gives us a biological sample of an individual with a mathematical equivalency that provides absolute certainty. DNA tests are often used around the United States.
There is developing research projects that will test interventions, which will break the cycle of violence that puts abused and neglected children on the wrong track, which results in increased levels of delinquency and criminality (Schmalleger. 2009). There is also an effort for similar interventions in the area of batterers and sex offenders. Sex offenders must now register at their local police station and in many areas, the public must be notified of their presence in the community. These technological advances have presented themselves in the past as well as in these present days. We must keep our values and morals foremost in our minds as we integrate technological advances into daily practice. People must be willing to abandon old ideas as new ones evolve from a mere possibility to reality. We must be willing to be constructive critics, challenging new ideas objectively while recognizing that our independent critiques should still be supportive. Many risks taken on behalf of our society that become successful will ultimately benefit our communities at large.
Podell, S. (1992) Confronting the Crisis in the Criminal Justice System. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 5. Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association. http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED344824&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED344824
Schmalleger, F. (2009) Criminal Justice Today, 10th Edition. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.