Throughout America today and in much of the world, governments and society are grappling with criminal justice and crime in ways never imagined only 20 years ago.  For instance, 20 years ago the term “cyber crime” did not exist;  today it is not only common, cyber crime is one of the most pressing issues facing police agencies globally.

United States criminal justice system flowchart.

United States criminal justice system flowchart. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The President of the U.S., the government of the U.K., Europe, and most other Western Nations have developed special task forces designed to combat the growing kinds of cyber crime.

Just 20 years ago, we seldom heard of terrorism as we do today–indeed, a growing concern for nearly every nation are either attacks by terrorist cells or concerns that such cells could cause their nation to become a target of international sanctions.

Just 20 years ago, the drug trade was enormous and shipments into various nations were often protected with expensive and powerful gun boats and swift aircraft.  Today, these shipments are protected by entire armies, navy’s, and jets with firepower to rival many nations.  In fact, according to the recent Forbe’s list of Billionaires, one man left off the list is a top drug lord in South America–the only reason he was left off the list was because Forbe’s could not figure out exactly how much he is worth.

On one side of this issue are those who believe the Drug War should continue unabated regardless of the cost and on the other side are those who dare suggest legalization.  So this issue alone has become a pressing, divisive one in most places.

The Intent of Criminal Justice Law US

Pausing here, we should explain that the purpose of this website is to provide information useful to students of criminal justice, whether in school or already working in the field. We explore a variety of topics and are adding material every day to provide useful tools and resrouces for enhancing reseach and searching for solutions to some of the problems facing the profession and the nation.

In considering some of the subjects dealt with on this website, we take a look both hot-button issues related to crime, justice, and law as well as those matters which only affect those in the criminal justice field. In all cases, the goal is the same: to both enlighten and seek solutions to problems.

Above all, this website seeks to transcend politics, which often causes more harm than good for the goals of justice. Following are some of the topics explored.

Human Trafficking as been a problem for many years, but during the last 20 years the rates of incidence of abductions and coercive tactics to press many women and children into the sex slavery trade has grown by alarming rates.

With increased concern over the environment, many nations began creating strict laws concerning industrial pollution controls and protections of the waters, air, and wildlife.  However, this only added another lucrative service that international organized crime now has added to their menu of goods. Illegal dumpers will ensure that the toxic waste that would have cost millions can be eliminated for a fraction of that cost.

English: Yearly U.S. spending. Direct expendit...

English: Yearly U.S. spending. Direct expenditure by criminal justice function, 1982-2006. “Direct expenditure for each of the major criminal justice functions (police, corrections, judicial) has been increasing.” Traditional Chinese editon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Corruption in politics and business have always been a problem but after the problems with the banking and housing industries in 2008-9, some governments are seeking ways to curtail the so-called white collar crime.  Still other countries do nothing but legitimize these criminal behaviors.  Global markets are expected to take another plunge unless those in charge correct this deficiency.

Police forces worldwide are becoming increasingly violent and abusive while decrying that the public does not respect their work–the public asks, “Why should we, when the police do not appear to respect us.”

Criminal Justice Law US Focusses on Principles

Something which seems to be largely missing in the Criminal Justice System and US Law today are Principles. Principles are superior to Law in many ways and although the United States was clearly founded on certain fundamental principles such as Due Process, Innocent until Proven Guilty, the Rights to Life, Liberty, and Happiness, among others, the system upon which justice is founded appears to have lost sight of many of these principles.

Thus, at Criminal Justice Law US we seek to focus on the principles which can better the entire system and society. This is important, not just in the United States, but Internationally as well. Of course, this website places a focus on the US, but the principles discussed apply anywhere.

The Principles of Sir Robert Peel seem to have become victims to justice gone awry. Rape, murder, and other violent crimes rise and fall, ebb and wane worldwide, but one thing is certain–in an age wherein DNA can either convict or exonerate, both law-makers and judges must learn to work together to develop better systems for convicting those guilty and releasing those innocent.  Every year, more numbers are added to the list of those wrongfully convicted while still more truly guilty go unpunished.

Justice, it seems, is sorely lacking in much of the world–Law certainly does not ensure justice for criminals, nor does it even ensure justice for the innocent.  The purpose of this site is to explore the concepts that allow society to either live according to justice and keep their communities free of crime, or live according to the whims of ignorant law-makers and only increase crime.

Many today are beginning to recognize that Criminal Justice and Law are not the same.  Today there are more people concerned with crime, law, and justice than at any other time in modern history (as indicated by University enrollments into Criminal Justice related fields and Law schools).  At the same time, many of those entering these fields are doing so because they want to make a difference.  Many are entering criminal justice because they do not see justice being done.  Many are entering law because they believe the laws need an overhaul.

Exploring Important Issues in the Criminal Justice System

stop the drug war

stop the drug war (Photo credit: goldenratio)

Through this site, we will explore many topics related to criminal justice law such as issues in juvenile justice, problems in police departments, the often ineffectual nature of laws passed by legislators with good intentions (and some with less-than-so), the social implications of certain laws such as the Drug War, racial profiling and racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and many more.

In the articles posted to this site, you will find scholarly research into these issues along with  stats, figures, charts, and graphs which may prove useful if you are studying criminal justice or law.  In the blog, you will find critical social commentary regarding various issues related to criminal justice and law.

To be clear about this, the pages are for sound, factual research into the issues pertaining to criminal justice law in both the United States and worldwide–the blog is reserved for opinions, so take these for what they are. We hope you find the navigation friendly and return often. Be sure to bookmark us, sign up for updates, and link to us using your favorite social media.

Useful Tools for Students of the Criminal Justice System

We add new content to Criminal Justice Law US frequently. Some of the recent additions include useful statistics derived from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and we have plans to expand into prior and future years. There are lists showing all police departments in the United States as well as all Correctional Facilities. We are developing similar lists of Coroner’s Offices and have a list of Universities offering Criminal Justice and Law programs with plans to expand that list. Be sure to bookmark these lists because they will be expanding with more detailed pages about each location/facility listed.

You will find a forum, useful links, and more. There are also portions of the site for pure entertainment, such as the Fiction Section and Just Fun, whereing we have created and will create fun quizes.

You can also browse a “store” which we have set up in conjunction with Amazon. This store contains things which criminal justice professionals and students will find both useful and fun. Of course, it is not a store exactly for this is a non-commercial website. Instead, it is just a section we have developed with direct links to Amazon. In exchange, Amazon has graciously agreed to provide us with a modest advertising fee. Thus, when you purchase through this site, you are helping support it and we thank you.

We hope you find this website entertaining, enlightening, and very useful. Our mission is to build the best resource on the web for Criminal Justice students and professionals.

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  1. I would not worry about having to study aniythng yet, as things you will learn in class may contradict or repeat what you’re studying before-hand. However, it wouldn’t hurt. Look up court cases, read the bill of rights and the constitution. Arizona v. Miranda to learn about Miranda rights, and more. I would even contact an attorney’s office and let them know of your interest, and have them push you towards what to look into.

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