Politics of corrections

Politics of corrections - Politicsofcorrections

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Politics of corrections Corrections officials also take political considerations into account. Politics can drive a parole board's  release decisions. Parole board members are susceptible to influence from the governors who  appoint them. Members almost inevitably make release decisions cautiously. If parolees commit  crimes, the media, the governor's political rivals, or both may blame the governor. Politicization of criminal justice Serious problems for citizens and the criminal justice system can result from the politicization of  criminal justice, a process through which political leaders seize opportunities to use criminal justice  issues to enhance their own popularity, electability, or power. Politicization can be observed most  readily in political campaigns in which law-and-order rhetoric is prevalent. When criminal justice  issues become too politicized, politicians are tempted to engage in 
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