Citizen Participation

Citizen Participation - Hallett and Dennis Palumbo criminal...

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Citizen Participation In a democracy, we strive to strike a balance between freedom and order. Imposing crime control  measures may make us feel safer but also may endanger our civil liberties. Seeking to keep these  competing democratic values in a state of equilibrium is a constant struggle. This ongoing conflict  between crime control and due process values takes place within the context of a justice system that  is unique in the world. Citizens, often a forgotten component of criminal justice, play a variety of important roles in American  justice, and their involvement is crucial to the functioning of the justice system in a democratic  society. Lobbying elected officials Citizens affect criminal justice policy through  interest groups . Representatives of interest groups  lobby lawmakers to pass legislation favoring the interests of the groups they represent. Michael 
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Unformatted text preview: Hallett and Dennis Palumbo, criminal justice scholars, discovered that many big and powerful interest groups get involved in legislative lobbying at the federal level. The American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, and business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have the most influence at this level. Some single-issue groups, such as the National Rifle Association (NRA), also exercise political clout on certain issues. At the state level, Hallett and Palumbo point out, criminal justice policy is made by small numbers of influential state legislators, administrators of criminal justice agencies, and representatives of criminal justice professionals. Interest groups having the most influence are those representing police and prosecutors....
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