Criminal justice characterizes governmental agencies responsible for enforcing laws and adjudicating crimes. In addition, those agencies are charged with correcting all forms of criminal conducts. The criminal justice system, as a consequence, is an essential tool of social control (The Criminal Justice System). This is because different societies deem particular behaviors to be dangerous or destructive, and strictly restricts their occurrence by outlawing them. Criminal courts are the core elements of administrating criminal justice. Criminal justice systems of different nations lay their operations in the best achievable interests of their corresponding societies. However, concerns about the future of criminal systems are imminent in the minds of numerous law scholars and the general public alike.
The principal question is as follows: does the criminal justice system fail to achieve its purpose? The most obvious answer by now is yes. Today, the criminal justice system bestowed with the responsibility of keeping the society safe and reforming criminals has turned to be a monumental failure. This is despite millions of dollars from tax payers spent each year in an attempt to keep the system running. Recent statistics documenting the failure of the system seems to be unrivaled in all criminal justice history. For example, in the United States today, one in every hundred residents or one in every thirty one citizens is either on parole or probation (DeRoche). This is a phenomenal setback in the system which has, in turn, caused intensive declinations of public dependency on the criminal justice system.
The development in criminalization has led to a non-computable reduction in recidivism despite the substantial increment in the general prison population. This is manifested by the increase in government employment in the criminal justice department. Since 1980, the US government has employed around a million new staff in the criminal justice departments. Although the criminal justice task force has been particularly vigilant in combating crimes, their efforts have not been immensely fruitful. The struggle to combat the system failure has been hampered by national conservatives and some minority population leaders. The leaders believe that their populations are unfairly targeted by the failing criminal system.
The biased notion that the minority populations are largely targeted by law has led to decriminalization of plenty of petty crimes and even drugs substances like marijuana in some states. Statistically, trolling for moderate law offenders has distracted the general public to seek for justice even when it is mostly required. For example, in Chicago, the criminal justice system managed to solve only 30 percent of murder cases committed in 2011 (Miller). This is far down from 80 percent, the percentage of cases the same system managed to solve in 1991. This manifests a voluminous deterioration in performance of the justice system in only two decades.
In my opinion, if the criminal justice system does not change its tactics in the administration of justice, crime rates will continue to rise. If the current crime justice system fails to eradicate the scourge of crime prevailing in the society at the moment, how will it cope with emerging trends in crime in the future? Undoubtedly, growth in multicultural populations, elevated migrations levels, and technological advancements among other trends will affect the global criminal justice systems (Ritter). Too much pressure will be channeled on the system to such a point that it may break and fail to administer any form of justice in the society. The United States has the largest population of people locked up in the criminal corrective facilities in the world. The financial resources employed by the system are rather extensive. If crime rates increase, the government might eventually find itself at a challenge of securing the funds to run the system.
In conclusion, there are numerous facts that indicate the failure of the criminal justice system in the future. There are various incremental steps in the society accountable for the status quo of the justice system today as well as its future. The media is one of them as today; high profile criminal cases documentaries are broadcasted on national television airwaves in many nations. This not only gives insights to new ways of perpetrating crimes but also frustrates the efforts of the criminal justice systems in eradicating crimes.