Historical Policy Comparison
If the criminal justice system does not continue to keep up with the times, it may not be successful for long. Marking its twenty-fifth anniversary and reflecting its successes and defeats, only shows how important it is to stay on top of crime, because before the violent crime control act was enacted crime was the nations top concern, according to Jeremy Travis Director of the National Institute of Justice. As time advances, so does technology and the minds of criminals trying to evade the law. Having the ability to determine who exactly you are talking to, without taking them back to the station, is quite beneficial. Fingerprint scanners and identification scanners that are utilized by some departments now, allow for suspects to identified in the field. This saves time and allows law enforcement immediate access to suspect identification.
Policing has come a long way from whistle blowing to two- way radios, body cams, and dash cams so that there is no misinterpretation of what an officer does in pursuit of a suspect. The ability to respond to a call has also increased because of technology. The ability to collect data for research purposes has been advantageous to the criminal justice system, prevention of crimes and communication between the various components of the criminal justice system.
Law enforcement officials cannot enhance the prevention of crime single handedly. They must have the support of other agencies to continue their success, and improve on their deficiencies as a department. Collaborating with other agencies is ever evolving, and law enforcement has been doing that, but they must continue to come closer together. Communications within the entire system must improve so that agencies can become more effective. The courts, for example, communicate policy changes through the decisions they, the courts, make.
When it comes to discussing the courts and how they play a part in policymaking, it is important to...