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CRJ300 – Introduction to Criminal Justice Option #1: Historical Concepts: Social Justice Historical Concepts: Social Justice Introduction to Criminal Justice Colorado State University – Global Campus Tricia Zunker November 14, 2017 1
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CRJ300 – Introduction to Criminal Justice Option #1: Historical Concepts: Social Justice Historical Concepts: Social Justice Defining social justice can be challenging because the definition can be interpreted differently among individuals, based on certain factors such as political, religious and societal philosophy. According to Schmalleger, author of Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction, social justice is defined as “an ideal that embraces all aspects of civilized life and that is linked to fundamental notions of fairness and to cultural beliefs about right and wrong” (Schmalleger, pg8, 2013). Essentially, social justice is the idea of equal justice for all. This concept stresses the idea that individuals should have the same opportunity and right regardless of social status. Similarly, criminal justice is the strictest sense of upholding the law. Each individual is given a fair trial and every criminal is given a fair punishment, which usually takes the form of jail time. It has
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