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Integrity In The U.S. Criminal Justice System

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It has been argued it takes integrity to fight corruption, and that the public can only make reports of criminal activities if they believe that an action will be taken and that their lives will not be endangered for making such reports, neither will they face any threats from those they reported. Without integrity, the fight against corruption and injustices in the Criminal Justice System is handicapped (Langseth). Integrity avoids tragedy. It is a tragedy to the victims of a crime and others affected when the police incarcerate the wrong for years when the real criminals walk scot free and continue to propagate their criminal acts.

This tragedy is a reality in the United States Criminal Justice with an example of one Greg Taylor who was convicted in 1993 or crime of murder, which he did not commit. Twenty years later, Greg was exonerated on evidence gathered by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission as they found out that a man they imprisoned for twenty years and had him lost an entire two decades of his life was all innocent.

This tragedy would have been avoided had the Justice system acted with integrity in each of the processes and been convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that the man they were sentencing was actually the real criminal. Lack of integrity in the justice system has seen many others executed on a wrong belief that they were the perpetrators of a felony punishable by death. If the Justice system would embrace integrity such tragedies of life would not be in the records of the U. A Criminal Justice System (Moore). Correction facilities the United States have come under heavy criticism as far as integrity is concerned.

The society entrusts the correction bodies with the persons found guilty and sentenced by the courts to punish and rehabilitate them in consonance with the crimes committed by them. As stated in our introduction, integrity is the exhibition of high moral standard and principles, adherence to the set rules and procedures without any form of compromise.

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