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December 7 - Cross-Cutting Themes MAJOR TAPS When studying...

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Cross-Cutting Themes MAJOR TAPS When studying take each institution’s goals and functions and ask yourself how they could lead to certain differential outcomes. 1. Criminal justice is both process and outcome. a. What creates justice??? i. Culture of society/public opinion ii.Goals and functions of the criminal justice system “in theory”; variations in focus of crime control vs. due process vs. efficiency iii.Discretion – cumulative build up 1. The system itself iv.How information is documented. This also contributed to the justice outcome. 1. Police reporting, UCR 2. Crime trends can contribute to justice outcomes v.Theory: why people commit crime 1. Very connected to response to crime Justice emerges from an interplayof all of the above, and is dynamic. The dynamic interplay reflects this push and pull between Packer’s three models. 2. Much mythology, misconception, misperception about the Criminal Justice System a. Felson Fallacies i. Dispels myths ii.Statistics/statistical/ empirical realities b.
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