Entries by Chase B. Jones

Ethics and its Influence on Criminal Justice

Ethics tend to play a significant role in an individual’s life, influencing his/her many choices and decisions making skills. Since individuals are also positioned in different occupations and jobs, ethics can influence criminal justice. Yes, that’s right. The major outlook that we have towards criminal justice tends to get formulated based on an individual’s ethics and how our mind perceives a particular crime. In that manner, we can look into three specific ways in order to understand its influence. Those three ways involve the functionality of police, attorney’s behaviour and self-participation. Hence, let’s move ahead to learn more about the same.

1. Police Operations

The different aspects through which a cop transitions to perform his/her daily activity pinpoints to ethics. Their interaction with a particular community, their perceived outcome for an incident and the behaviour to think twice on specific issues accounts for ethics. If the police are known to operate ethically, then the community stands to benefit. People from all around the place will be more open to cops and will help them in a way or two. As far as cases and its solutions are concerned, this is an important step that will come in handy. The cops can get more witnesses in specific cases without the fear of going against a criminal. Towards the end, everyone stands to gain from the same.

Police Operations


2. An Attorney’s Behaviour

Representing a client in the best possible manner and trying to ensure that they get what they need is ethical behaviour for an Attorney. The aspect of winning a case should not be the main priority; instead, it needs to be a representation. If attorneys leave all this aside and move ahead to be unethical, then we might be facing a severe problem. The judicial system will begin to break loose, and the cops will have a tough time keeping the streets safe and secure. By following the spirit of the law and utilising it for all the right reasons, attorney’s can make matters meet. For justice to prevail and succeed, we need ethical attorneys and their many skills.

3.  Self-Participation

Self-participation or the public’s behaviour towards criminal justice also plays a crucial role in shaping justice. Based on the ethical morals that people follow, they may or not show the willingness to share information and help the system when it needs the most. So by all means, people need to be ethical once again. When their morals are right, and they accept the deep thinking towards ethical behaviour, they tend to stay off criminal activities and try to prevent them in their possible way. So once everyone is ethical, we tend to strive together as a nation.

Top Facts About the Death Penalty

The death penalty is considered to be one of the most potent forms of punishment, given to heinous crimes and similar cases. Although it is prevalent in different parts of the world, in recent years’ things have been changing. The rousing debate around the death penalty has been signalling towards its abolishment. People from around the world tend to believe that there is no place for the same in a democratic setup. But the practice is yet to call it quits with governments enforcing the same on some instances. On that note, let us now look into a few of the top facts about the death penalty.

1. USA’s New Stance

In 2017, for the second year in a row, the U.S. was not among the world’s top five countries in executions. Based on a list published by Amnesty International, the U.S. ranked eight internationally behind numerous countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and so on. On an overall basis, the year 2017 witnessed around 993 executions compared to 1,032 executions in 2016. But the report also came under backlash since certain countries are well-known for concealing death penalty proceedings.

2. The Sharp Fall

A sharp fall in the number of executions is widely visible in the U.S. The nation hit its peak in 1999 with 98 executions, but since then the graph has drastically gone down. In the year 2019, around 22 people were executed compared to 25 executions for the year 2018. So by all means, the annual number of executions in the U.S. is below its peak. These figures may or may not be an indication of the widespread backlash that the practice has been facing over the course of time.


3. A Divide

A divide in opinion is quite visible when it comes to the topic of the death penalty. Around 59% of whites, 36% of blacks and 47% of Hispanics favour the practice. On the other hand, Catholics and other individuals without religious affiliations are more divided on the topic. With the Vatican changing its teachings to oppose the death penalty, followers are keener on going against the practice. Coming to the political front, one must know that Republicans are more than twice as likely to support the death penalty when compared to democrats.

4. An Uncertain Ground

The outcome and the process of execution are two aspects that many tend to doubt. According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in the year 2015, about six-in-ten adults believe that the death penalty does not prevent people from committing serious crimes. Apart from that, people also believe that minorities are more likely to get sentenced to death for similar crimes when compared to the majority.