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Harris 1 Media Portrayal “Crime issues capture the attention of the American public because of the sensational nature of crime presented in the media.” ~Valerie J. Callanan Brittney Harris Criminal Justice Professor Madison 19 Nov. 2007
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Harris 2 Criminal justice in America and how it is portrayed is a very controversial topic. The media tends to leave a negative impression on American attitudes about crime. The research the media shares with the public is usually exaggerated to fit their story. This research leads the public astray of what the criminal justice system is trying to accomplish; security. How does a citizen’s lack of knowledge lead to a fear of crime? The public concern for crime began to rise once the television was invented. The research conducted on this assumption is gathered by a Gallup Poll. A Gallup Poll is an opinion poll, conducted by The Gallup Organization, and is frequently used by the mass media for representing public opinion. Up to the mid-1980s, the Gallup Poll conducted its polls using door-to-door sampling methods. Now, almost all samples are chosen using the process of random digit dialing. The Gallup Organization has measured and tracked the public's attitudes concerning virtually every political, social, and economic issue of the day(4). In 1982, the Gallup Poll recorded that three precent of Americans cited crime and violence as the number one problem in the country. In 1993, it rose to nine percent and in 1994 it jumped to an astounding thirty-seven percent. This large increase in fear was largely due to crime relating to drugs. This leads to a disatisfaction with the crimial justice system and a rise in belief that criminals are
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Harris 3 being treated too liberally. In 1994, the three strikes rule is enacted. There is definitly a correlation with the public view and punitive action. The public’s substancially increased fear with crime led to more legislation about crime control tecniques (1). Most Americans know very little about the criminal justice
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