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The Criminal Justice System How It Deals With Sex Offenders kyle Shellabarger Human Sexuality Better that many guilty shall go free rather than one innocent should suffer John Adams Biskup 1993 The entire criminal justice system is built around John Adams philosophy about a criminals rights While our system is protecting the rights of the accused the victim is often deprived of hisher rights Although the United States has the most fair and just justice system in the world sex offense cases create serious and substantial problems for the system There are three continual problems for the system Making an arrest establishing evidence for the case after an arrest has been made and often the punishment received does not fit the crime committed Every person accused of a criminal offense must go through the criminal justice system but in sex offense cases the system often does not effectively punish the guilty The criminal justice system deals with all types of crimes ranging from assault to trespassing to murder The system begins when an arrest has been made and ends with parole and discharge from sentence After an arrest the suspect must go through the court system After a conviction or a guilty plea a sentence is given to the criminal There are four types of sentencing but the decision is usually a choice between probation and prison time depending on the severity of the crime committed The court may also give the death penalty or distribute fines for the crime Because the criminal justice system begins with an arrest and it is very difficult to make an arrest in a sex offense case many sex crimes do not even make it into the system Getting an arrest in a sex offense case is difficult for two reasons Women are often afraid to come forward to the police for fear of a repeated sex crime and when they do come
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