Preliminaries In criminology there is a common classification of approaches to criminal justice…

Preliminaries

In criminology there is a common classification of approaches to criminal justice organizations and their functions that views criminal justice as either a coherent system of processes that are linked together to maximize efficiency and justice (the consensus model) or as a mix of conflicting offices, agencies and interests with little coherence and lots of in-fighting that is quite dysfunctional (the conflict model) in the administration of justice.

Similarly, there is a classification about the proper orientation of the criminal justice functions as either emphasizing the control of crime with limited concern about the violation or diminution of the protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights (the crime control model), or emphasizing the protection of the rights of the accused at the cost of losing some criminal convictions when such rights are violated (the due process model).

These links should be helpful if all this is new to you

http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/crime-control-model-definition-examples.html
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/kwalsh/h_packer.htm

Your Task

Review the protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights in the 4th; 5th; 6th; 8th amendments of the US Constitution. Below is a link to the Bill of Rights.

http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-amendments/bill-of-rights/

Where do you stand in terms of the “crime control” versus “due process” distinction? Offer a brief explanation for why you support one view or the other. Also, do you think the criminal justice “system” is best characterized by the consensus or the conflict models? Why?