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Chapter 2

Chapter 2- Challenges in Criminal Law

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC209H5
Professor
Jennifer Carlson
Semester
Winter

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Challenges in Criminal Law- Chapter 2 Addressing the High Cost of Crime and Criminal Justice  Despite significant increases in the costs of criminal justice and in the number of justice system personnel, there is no evidence that this has contributed to increased effectiveness, or efficiency, of the criminal justice system. Responding to Organized Crime and Terrorist Threats  Traditional types of crime such as assault, break and enter, robbery, and homicide. Overall, these crime rates are declining.  While, non-traditional crime rates are increasing such as: international drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and human trafficking, sexual slavery, money laundering, identity theft, high-tech and computer crime, cyber terrorism, and international espionage. o Many people carrying out non-traditional crimes are from motorcycle gangs like Hells Angels. Adapting the Administration of Justice to the Task Environments of Criminal Justice  A task environment in the context of criminal justice system is the cultural, geographic, and community setting in which the criminal justice system operates and in which criminal justice personnel make decisions.  In short, the demographics of the area, the local economic conditions, and the ethnic mix combine to influence decisions. As these factors vary, so too will the type of crime or social disorder, community expectations regarding enforcement, the community’s capacity to address local issues, and relations between the justice system and the citizens it serves.  The highest rates of violent crimes are in Canada’s north. Addressing Public Perception of Crime and The Criminal Justice System  The public has less confidence in the criminal justice system.  Rehabilitation is viewed as the most important objective of sentencing.  Less positive views of the police are held by those who have been arrested by police or who have had contact with them as victims of crime (particularly violent crimes), as traffic violators, or as witnesses to a crime. Individuals whose contact with police has been restricted to non-enforcement situations, such as public information sessions, hold more positive attitudes toward the police, as persons who are more satisfied with their personal safety.  The police enjoy high approval/positive ratings in part because they are the most visible component of the justice system. In contrast, where the public does not have contact with judges, lawyers etc., unless they are convicted.  Research shows that fear of crime is greater in areas with low-income families, visible minorities, and lone-parent families,  Research has found that media does not reflect actual crime patterns, but media distorts people’s perception of crime because they display mostly heinous crimes. Increasing Community involvement in the Prevention and Response to Crime  The community’s exclusion from a substantive role in justice administration has contributed to the often-negative perce
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