2020 SACAD Entrants

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Non Empirical- Undergraduate


Criminologists argue whether the U.S. justice system operates from a model of due process or crime control. As American citizens, the Constitution ensures that we have due process rights when faced with a criminal trial, including but not limited to protection from unreasonable search and seizure; a fair and speedy trial before a jury of our peers; and protection from self-incrimination. In contrast, crime control efforts often supersede these due process rights through plea-bargaining, in addition to other practices. This research evaluates the due process versus crime control models of justice to determine which approach is most evident in today’s criminal justice practices, and which is most appropriate to ensure justice.