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Many that work to improve the fairness of the criminal justice system have noted in recent years that one of the major problems is that low income individuals that are accused of a crime are not treate…
People come together, people of different culture, creed, beliefs, language, color and lifestyle, to form a society. Societies across the world are different. Because of the different people brought to…
The criminal law divides crime into distinct categories, such as infraction, a felony, and misdemeanor. Remember though that the state legislatures and Congress make the decisions on classifying crimes…
Many that work to improve the fairness of the criminal justice system have noted in recent years that one of the major problems is that low income individuals that are accused of a crime are not treated the same when it comes time to set bail. The discrepancy comes in when two individuals get the same bail amount, but one of those individuals can pay it and the other cannot. This has led to recent attempts at legislating bail bond reform to make the system more equal for all.
Of course, this comes with some opposition. Many in the bail bond business do not want to see this legislation pass as it would definitely have a negative impact on their profits. They also argue that by having a bail set for accused criminals it greatly reduces the risk that they will reoffend as they are putting themselves or family members at risk of facing significant financial hardship.
Those in favor of such legislation believe that there is statistical evidence that those that are given bail amounts that they can not afford are more likely to be convicted simply because they are attending court in their jail jumpsuit. Due to other factors, such as the nature of the crime and their past criminal records, it is difficult to prove that is actually the case, even if data seems to reflect that.
It is also argued that those that are unable to bail themselves out of jail face multiple other punishments that those with higher incomes do not. Some of these punishments include the loss of their job, not being able to be a parent to their children and not being able to support other family members that may have relied on their income or physical support. This can be especially devastating for those that are already living in an impoverished state.
Finally, it is argued by those in support of bail bond reform that in many cases bail is not handed out in a fair manner to begin with. In many jurisdictions the judge has the sole authority of setting the bail amount. In some cases, it is believed, that these amounts in no way reflect the crime the individual is accused of or their risk to the public. Some jurisdictions, like San Francisco, have moved towards using a algorithm to address bail so that all of the factors are taken into account and a bail amount is determined from the result. If that would be applied across the country then this argument would no longer hold any weight.
When it comes to the debate about bail bond reform there are two distinct sides. One believes that bail is an appropriate measure to reduce crime. The other believes that the system is rigged against those that do not have as much money on hand as others. Only time will tell what direction the legislation goes, if there is any change in the current procedures at all.
People come together, people of different culture, creed, beliefs, language, color and lifestyle, to form a society. Societies across the world are different. Because of the different people brought together, there are also differences in behavior and practices.One key important thing that a society has a great control over is the upbringing of its people, especially the youths. To be able to control bad behaviors and manners, it does this through an established justice system. The justice system has a set of laid laws and regulations governing our interactions between people in the society. Any behaviors exhibited contrary to the laid laws and regulations are punishable.
Even with the existence of laws governing how we live, people still commit crimes.Those who break the law are influenced by a number of factors.Some of the 6 Common Causes of Crime include;
I. Alcohol and drug abuse
Alcohol and drugs such as cocaine are often addictive. In such a scenario, that one is an addict, one would commit a crime just to find money to buy them. Those who are under the influence of alcohol and or drugs also often commit crimes because they can’t think clearly. As a parent,proper education regarding the use of drugs and alcohol would go a long way in reducing alcohol and drug abuse related crimes. Additionally, there are also other organizations that partake in campaigns against alcohol and drug abuse. Those organizations can be purported through money and items donation. For the addicts, rehabilitation centers are recommended.
It is nauseating that this time and age still racism, discrimination related to color, exists not only in America but across the world. That someone is able to hate and commit crimes against another because of his external appearance is that evil. Proper upbringing would go a long way in instilling in people the idea that we are all of the same flesh and blood, which is what matters.
All around the world, economic deprivation is a common cause of crime. It has been seen that often our inability to afford the basics of life; food, shelter and clothing always lead to frustrations.This frustration results into a crime committed to be able to afford the basics or materials they need. Our society should be able to inculcate the values of hard work in our people and also help in resources distribution.
IV. Media and environment influence
Movies and shows we often watch on our TVs or over the internet have been shown to influence greatly our behaviors, especially the youths.A violent act often displayed on our entertainment channels make the youths think it is normal or violence is acceptable. If also where one was raised, violence was a common topic, he or she grows to accept it as normal behavior.
V. Perceived injustice from the justice system
Our justice system is not always perfect and there have been cases where people or a person is wrongfully accused of having committed a crime and is imprisoned. Such a person is hardened, and later after his or her release may carry out revenge attacks against those who falsely accused him of a crime.
VI. Absence of love
Various studies have shown that most people who commit crimes are those that feel that their families neglected them. So, they venture outside to find love, and gangs or people who commit crimes often offer that to them. They are able to feel a sense of belonging by rolling with their homies and gang crews through committing crimes.
The criminal law divides crime into distinct categories, such as infraction, a felony, and misdemeanor. Remember though that the state legislatures and Congress make the decisions on classifying crimes. The determination usually involves evaluating the seriousness of the crime and its impact towards its victims and society. With that said, the crimes that suit into each category may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
To help you better understand criminal law, here are three of the different classifications of crimes.
The acts classified as infractions are usually called violations. These are petty offenses that are punishable by small fines and they do not result in a jail sentence or probation. Those who have been charged with this type of crime can employ an attorney, but the government does not need to appoint one. The most common acts that fall under infraction are traffic offenses, such as speeding or running a red light.
Committing these criminal acts may result to up to a year in prison. Punishments may also include paying a hefty fine, community service, probation, and restitution. The defendant who cannot afford to hire a lawyer is entitled to legal representation at the government’s expense.
Here are some of the common misdemeanor crimes:
Trespassing: This is the act of intruding a property without the owner’s consent. This is different from burglary since it doesn’t require the act of stealing or damaging anything from the said property.
Vandalism: This is the destruction of another individual’s property.
Public intoxication: This is when a person gets drunk in public. A person can get arrested for public intoxication if he manifests unruly behavior.
Crimes under this category are considered serious criminal offenses. These crimes usually result in serious physical harm towards its victims. You have to understand that misdemeanor crimes can become a felony, especially when an individual gets arrested for the same crime more than once.
The punishment for felonies can range from one-year imprisonment to life in prison without parole.
Here are a few of the criminal offenses that constitute a felony.
Assault and Battery: If the consequences of assault are severe enough, it may lead to a felony charge. This crime occurs when an individual threatens physical violence, causing harm. This usually occurs with the use of a weapon, such as a knife or gun. Battery, on the other hand, occurs when a person actually causes another individual harm.
Sexual Assault: This act usually involves forcing another person to perform sexual activities without their consent.
Murder: This is also known as a homicide. This is when a person kills another individual.