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Policy Analysis - Conflict and Crime and Control Model Versus Due Process Model

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Policy Analysis III

In the line of the criminal justice field, policies are always compared through their differences, and similarities, and police and courts are no different. Police, and courts are two policies that share some of the same goals, but often have conflict after performing their duties. For example a police officer may make an arrest on a person who has committed a crime, the offender than goes to court and may be released or given a reduced sentence by a judge, which may not be in agreement with the police officer. Nevertheless, police officers have a job to perform such as patrolling citywide areas, respond to calls, and to make arrest, and courts focus on determining guilt and sentencing. However, conflict between police and the court policies often happen and may effect the operations. In this paper the author will discuss some police policies on arrest dealing with high speed pursuits and drugs, and how these two policies conflict with court policies, plea-bargaining and sentencing. The author will discuss the roles law enforcement, prosecutor, court, and corrections play in these policies. The author will also discuss the difference between federal and state applications of policies, and give his own opinion on policies and measure the effectiveness of the policies as well.

Conflict and Crime and Control Model versus Due Process Model

When it comes to police and court policies sometimes barriers stand in the way, which sometimes results in conflicts between the two policies. The conflict between police and court policies revolves around the arrest made by law enforcement, and the plea-bargaining that’s done inside the courtrooms. Police officers risk their lives everyday, during traffic stops, raids, and high-speed chases in pursuit of criminals to get an arrest, prosecution and convictions of criminals, which is also know as crime control. THE CRIME CONTROL AND DUE PROCESS MODEL (n.d) Nevertheless, police find themselves up against the courts, who plea-bargain their cases against criminals for a lesser charge in order for a conviction. The plea-bargain policy the courts offer is more in favor of the offender, he or she receives a lesser charge for a crime that he or she has committed. The court also protects the individual rights of the accused which is commonly referred to as the due process model, which is opposite of the crime control model the police believe in heavily. THE CRIME CONTROL AND DUE PROCESS MODEL (n.d) Therefore, brings conflict between the two components and their policies.


Police and court policies appear to be justifiable to both components, police are ask to protect and serve citizens around the world by pursuing criminals and making arrest.


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