Why Do We as a Society Need a Criminal Justice System

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Why do we (as a society) need a criminal justice system?

As a society there is need for a criminal justice system, as it is essential to have laws throughout the population. We have these laws so people cannot use money or power to benefit themselves. The laws also establish that each person should understand their and everyone else’s rights and obligations within the community.

The criminal justice system, is a system of laws and rulings which protect community members and their property. Therefore, the laws determine which acts are criminal and how the offender is punished. (Sallmann, P. and Wills, J. 1984 Criminal Justice in Australia,
Oxford University Press, Melbourne.)

The criminal justice system in
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Lombroso even claimed that different criminals

have different physical characteristics which he could discern. (Cesare Lombroso. (2009). Secondly, Sigmund Freud hypothesized that the most common element that contributed to

criminal behaviour was faulty identification by a child with her or his parents. The

improperly socialized child may develop a personality disturbance that causes her or him to

direct antisocial impulses inward or outward. The child who directs them outward becomes a

criminal, and the child that directs them inward becomes a neurotic. (Sigmund Freud (1961).


For a society to work it needs to have a level of structure, that is applied and understood by

everyone. Laws within the criminal justice system create that structure and regulate the way

in which people and organisations behave. If we did not have a criminal justice system, there

would be a lot of chaos, within the systems of management and crime control. Therefore, if

there is no threat for punishment, the level of crime within the society could be quiet high.

The major goals in criminal justice tend to be creating a helping hand in reducing crime,

through bringing major offences to justice, or raising the communities confidence. Along

with others the justice system works towards preventing crime or helping offenders turn away

from committing a crime. (Goldsmith, Israel and Daly 2006)

Therefore, the criminal


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