Welcome to Criminal Justice Law International

"In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same."

- Albert Einstein

scales of justice imposed against world map

The Mission of Criminal Justice Law International

The Mission of Criminal Justice Law International is to help students worldwide easily locate and access the resources they need to be successful in their education and to provide the tools that help them become more efficient and effective justice professionals.

Three Branches of Criminal Justice

Police worldwide are both protectors and enforcers; they are hated and loved largely depending on which side of the law one stands. Image Source: Luis Carlos Adrianzen from Pixabay

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement officers enforce the law. They protect and serve the public in their proper jurisdications. The act as the first line of defense during times of civil unrest. They engage in investigations to determine likely perpetrators of crime. And they are endowed with great power and latitude in conducting their dutiess. The officer of the law has perhaps one of the most difficult jobs in any society.

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One of the most recognized figures in the world is the Godess Columbia, also known as Lady Justice, with scales in one hand and a sharp sword in the other, ready to decide right from wrong and punish as justice demands. Source: Edward Lich from Pixabay

The Judiciary

The Judiciary is responsible for making sure that those apprehended and held as suspect in a crime is punished or released. The courts are required to conduct hearings and trials, to gather the players in the case, and to ensure that the process is fair and impartial. The court system is the key element between enforcement and punishment. In most cases, it determines both guilt and the appropriate punishment.

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One of the most known prisons worldwide is the now closed Alcatraz Island Prison located in the Bay of San Francisco, California, USA. Source: skeeze from Pixabay

Corrections

The key role in Corrections is to ensure that those found guilty of crimes remain in custody. Security of the penal facility is the number one priority. Secondary to this, inmates are to be kept safe from each other and the outside world. And in many systems, they are provided the means to transform their lives from criminal behavior to one which adheres to the laws of society. Discipline is important in Corrections.

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Other Elements

Aside from the three core elements of the criminal justice system, there are other organizations which play important roles in meeting the needs of justice. At every level of society, organizations and groups ply lawmakers for changes to the system in one way or another.

Private organizations both support and feed off the systems in place, providing much needed goods and services. Without private industry, the entire system would collapse and justice would fail.

And since human lives are involved, there will always be political forces of one kind or another pulling and tugging at the strings of justice. Everyone from elected officials to big corporations to political action committees (PACs) comprised of everyday people all vie at every level of the political cycle to get changes they believe are needed. Some are motivated to better society, others for less-than-noble reasons. Yet all have a right to get involved and make their voice heard.

The Judicial Systems rely on volumes of law books like these shown to guide justice decisions. Image Source of Spanish Language Law Books: pelletssystems from Pixabay

Legislation

Laws are passed by legislative bodies. Some laws become such to meet the needs of society as the law-makers deem necessary while others are passed to address existing crime which has not yet been codified.

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Criminal Justice Law derives from legislative acts in Federal, State, and Local Governments. This pattern is nearly universal in the world today. Image shown is the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC. Source: skeeze from Pixabay

Politics

While we would like to remain neutral in politics and such, politics simply cannot be avoided when discussing justice. So, we have provided one location on the site where the political side of criminal justice law may be conducted.

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Around the world, prisons must be supplied with food and other necessities. These are provided by private industries and transported to the correctional facilities same as if delivering to the grocer down the steet. Source: Schwoaze from Pixabay

Private Industry

Often vilified because of the privatization of prisons, private industry as a whole is vital to ensuring that justice is properly served. Private companies provide every manner of products to every organization in the criminal justice system.

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Education and Training

The Justice System in most nations is generally comprised of three basic systems: one which creates law, another which enforces law, and one which punishes law-breakers. Those who break the law are commonly referred to as criminal. And criminals do not like to be caught.

This makes is necessary for most criminal justice professionals to be both mentally and physically prepared for the job.

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Physical Training

Physical training is an important element in much of criminal justice. Law enforcement officers must be in peak physical condition to track and apprehend the lawless. Correctional officers must be in good condition to carry out their mission of keeping the convicted secure. And Fire Fighters, also part of the justice system, must keep their physical strenght and agility to high standards. Many jurisdictions have their own training facilities, others rely on private industry.

Part of the education many undertake for a career in the justice system involves attending a university or college like the one shown. And yes, some of classes involve higher maths as shown. Image Source: Nikolay Georgiev from Pixabay

Higher Education

At one time, most criminal justice officials outside the courts system had little more than a High School education. Today, that is rapidly changing. Although local enforcement and many penal systems do not require a higher education to gain employment, most offer preferential treatment for any with a degree. Too, most state Law Enforcement agencies require at least a 4-year degree as does the Federal Government.

Why Criminal Justice Law International?

Crime and punishment are concepts as old as humanity. They are concepts which transcend all nationalities, races, and religions. Although not all agree on what should and should not be considered a crime, nearly all agree there should be some system in place for the good of society.

Finally, this website is supported by voluntary contributions from readers, leaders, and anyone interested in helping out. Our Mission is to provide a one-stop shop for students and professionals alike.

Even if all you are able to do is bookmark and share the pages you read, you will be helping and we thank you.

As we strive to amass the largest pool of resources for students of criminal justice law worldwide we continue to add to the resources here. Many of these are also linked as appropriate in other sections, but think of this as a sort of Master Library or Repository.

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Aside from monetary contributions, we gladly accept written and visual content which contributes to the theme of the site. Also, we encourage Law Enforcement Agencies, Correctional Facilities, Legal Entities, Universities, Private Industries and others to get involved so that students worldwide can have quick access to every tool needed to apprehend, convict and contain criminals.

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As long as there have been laws there have been those who would break them. As long as there have been law-breakers, there have been those who would analyze the reasons for their actions. Justice philosophy permeates the history of crime and punishment and even where not formally presented, shows itself in many other ways.

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