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Consensus vs. Conflict Criminal Justice Models.

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  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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Consensus vs. Conflict Criminal Justice Models

Amara R. Serrano-Kirby

CJA 320: Introduction to Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix

Abstract

In order to understand the criminal justice system, you must first define it to so see if and how it works. The criminal justice system is broken down into two (2) models, the Consensus model and the Conflict model. I will try to define each system and explain how they achieve justice.

The criminal justice system is comprised on three basic levels, policing, justice, and corrections. There are two models of criminal justice system which tries to explain how justice is achieved. The first model is the consensus model or the system perspective, which states that the organizations of a criminal justice system either do, or should cooperate. The conflict model or the non-system perspective assumes that the organizations of a criminal justice system do, or should compete. In order to make a decision on either model, we will present the facts and examples on both to determine which model accomplishes its goal more successfully.

Jerome Skolnick, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former president of

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