What Makes the Criminal Justice System so Slow? Essay

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According to Siegel, the criminal justice system consists of the agencies of government charged with enforcing law, adjudicating crime, and correcting criminal conduct. (2011, p. 382) The criminal justice system is a very complex and daunting system to navigate through. Is the criminal justice system in the United States too slow? Yes, it absolutely is. A murderer can be sentenced to death yet still be waiting twenty years later to actually be put to death. Plus, there are constantly more restrictions put on police officers and prosecutors to prove a criminal’s guilt. Although it is important to make sure that the correct man or woman is convicted of their crime, delays in the system cause a backup of cases that will continue to get …show more content…
The subject then has time to discard any evidence that he or she may have had. I understand that we should not operate under a free for all attitude however, if during an investigation a specific name or place is mentioned the officers should be able to search the location immediately. The slowest part of the criminal justice system is the court system. This is where prosecutors must prove a subject’s guilt; while a defense lawyer argues over and over that their client is innocent. The entire case rests of the shoulders of the state to prove that the criminal is guilty. (Gaines & Miller, 2014, p. 239) Depending on the case, the trial can drag on. For example, the highly publicized Casey Anthony trial took 41 days. That is 41 days of the prosecution submitting evidence and questioning all sorts of people. That is also 41 days of the defense attempting to tear apart the prosecutions’ case. Another example is the OJ Simpson trial which lasted 9 months. There is absolutely no reason for a trial to last this long. On top of the time that these trials took both defendants would also have a right to appeal their verdicts if they disagreed with them. (Gaines & Miller, 2014, p. 244) Think about how much more time that would take to try all over again. Although everyone has the right to a fair trial there should be a time stipulation added onto that. These two trials put together took over 10 months, how many other cases could have been tried in the time?

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