If the aim of the justice system is to safeguard the innocent, and to ensure productive and peaceful activity in society, then it does not take experts to see the manner in which the current status quo fails to attain these objectives. One of the most stressing, and yet most simply corrected, issues with the justice system is the lack of flexibility granted to judges to pass ruling on misdemeanor offenders (Albright 1). Mandatory laws dictate that a non-violent offender should be given no less than five years jail term for their first crime.Chapter 9 and 10 of Criminal Justice in America discuss punishment and sentencing and corrections. What can be seen clearly in these two chapters is that the law punishes people adequately to their crimes, but questions whether this is a fair act. It endorses the notion that punishment and correction today is meant to help the justice system instead of the wrongdoer, just like the issue discussed in the article (Cole et al. This is because, as argued in both the article and the book, first wrongdoers would not be getting such harsh punishments for doing petty crimes. This only makes it look like the justice system wants people to feel as if they are doing their work instead of really helping the wrong doer.I support the article view that whether jailing a child, who is caught with marijuana for the first time, for five years helps the child at all or simply forces them to hate the justice system even more. In such as situation, the justice system should look into how they might assist such offenders to never repeat such petty crimes instead of hitting them with such hard punishments;. Criminal Justice in America Articles Review.
Albright, L. (2015). Who are mandatory minimum jail sentences helping? Retrieved from http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/who-are-mandatory-minimum-jail-sentences-helping/
Cole, George F., Smith, Christopher E., and DeJong, Christina. Criminal Justice in America 7th edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning, 2013. Print.
Feeley, M. M. (2015). Solutions for overuse of jails can have unintended consequences. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/02/26/would-we-be-safer-if-fewer-were-jailed/solutions-for-overuse-of-jails-can-have-unintended-consequences
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