The Criminal Justice System, LaPorte County, Indiana V. The State of Indiana's Bicentennial Penal Code - Homicide and Sentencing: Respondents- The Judge; The Prosecutor; and the Law Enforcement Agencies
Shiparski, Michael L.
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After a six year period of study and debate, Indiana has finally joined the growing number of states that have recently revised and modernized their criminal codes. The project began in April of 1970 when the Indiana Criminal Law Study Commission was created, and it continued for the next six years as the commission prepared first a proposed procedural code and then a new substantive code. Reforming the criminal justice system is an old and celebrated process in the United States. I have managed to promote this trend quite substantially throughout this project. Especially so in the final chapter, I have been very critical of the whole criminal process and the actors who make its complex environment their home. I have no simple answer to my criticisms, nor do I believe there is a system existing today that is better than the American model. What I do hope is that this critical analysis and its suggested reforms, will initiate self-analysis throughout the LaPorte County Criminal Justice System primarily, and possibly on a National level in the future. If meaningful reform ever comes to the criminal process it will have to receive its impetus from the actors who implement and apply the criminal law to the real world. Abstract attempts by a legislature must work their way through the system before their full affects are known. Usually it is a hit and miss process and the criminal justice system has been hitting and missing for years. An improvement on this legal batting average is long over-dueIf you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.
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