SOCI 3410 Lecture Notes - Ressentiment, Juvenile Court

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Published on 21 Apr 2013
Department
Course
Professor
Last week:
Looked at policing in terms of some of the challenges they face
What it entails when they move from training to on the job policing
Different steps in the profession
Stages of cynicism and ressentiment
Policing as a whole
This week:
Police discretion
o Full enforcement of the law as practical and enforceable
o Which laws they’re going to enforce, they have t establish a set of
priorities
o What are the influences and factors that influence officers to
arrest/charged/tried…etc.?
o Wide range of alternatives at their disposal,
o Area that has the greatest likelihood for abuse
o Where does that authority come from?
o Kenneth: Need for confining and structuring discretion
o When do you use discretion? There are no guidelines for it
o on the one hand it can be potentially abusive, but on the other hand,
you couldn’t operate a justice system without it
o Soften the charges so people wouldn’t loose their job
o Varies from officer to officer, from jurisdiction to jurisdiction
Constraints on enforcing discretion:
o Police are technically prohibited to use certain methods to
collect evidence
o Institution of Privacy some people have more protection than
others because financially not everyone can challenge when
their rights have been infringed up
o Police are embedded in networks with other organizations
work with mental health agencies cannot take action in certain
areas
o Police are constrained by interpretational issues subjected to
interpretation, give rise to ambiguity,
o Police are constrained in their work by ideological and ___
discretion everyone has their own beliefs and moral standards,
o Police like other employees have occupational worries- can be
held responsible for criminal charges always to some extent
looking over their shoulder because they never know when a
complaint can be made against them
o Leading authorities James Q Wilson “Varieties of Police Behaviour
Police must cope with different behaviour from jurisdiction
Some police behaviour will be influence by the police chief or
whoever is in charge
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Looked at policing in terms of some of the challenges they face. What it entails when they move from training to on the job policing. Police must cope with different behaviour from jurisdiction. Some police behaviour will be influence by the police chief or whoever is in charge. The administrators view of particular problems and the extent of the decisions may be influenced intentionally or unintentionally by politics chief policies may be influence by politics. Being police invoked - police enforce the law. Law enforcement: police take it upon themselves to stop someone, was on his own perception/discretion: police have absolute discretion, on the other hand they have their hands tied . Citizen invoked the citizen is the one that wants someone to respond or wants the order. Law enforcement: the citizen is upset, they call the police because they want something done few of these result in an arrest.

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