Contemporary Issues facing our Criminal Justice System
By, Rita Goforth
August 26, 2013
Contemporary Issues and Futures In Criminal Justice
Throughout the years our criminal justice system has faced many obstacles that have made it less than optimally effective for many reasons, in this paper I will try and identify some of those reasons as well as explain future obstacles our criminal justice system will inevitably face. The big question is, “is our criminal justice system effective at all”? Some say it is not while others say it is very effective yet still needs to work out some glitches. Though it seems that over the years these glitches should have been fixed, but then again not it criminals are consistently staying a few steps ahead, and thanks to technology advancements they seem to be doing just that.
Though technology has facilitated all investigations for crimes as well as lead to convictions of those who were guilty of a crime it has also impeded these efforts in the same areas as well. Computers allow large amounts of data to be searched and analyzed very quickly as well as making it possible for documents to be scanned and sent across the world in only seconds, while they have been a great asset they are also at times a burden, because of the large quantity of information stored within them it can prove to be quite difficult for some detectives to get exactly the information they need in time. For the offenders, computers and online technologies make it very simple for criminals to hide their true identity, or even use the identity of another. This in turn can make tracing a criminal almost impossible at times, and even when their true identity is found often it is not fast enough and this person has simply hidden themselves yet again. Before the all of the advancements in technology it seems to me that criminals were a lot easier to catch and there were a lot less of them (Waller B.N. 2009 You Decide Current Debates in...