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The response to crime The private sector initiates the response to crime This first response may come from individuals families neighborhood associations business industry agriculture educational institutions the news media or any other private service to the public It involves crime prevention as well as participation in the criminal justice process once a crime has been committed Private crime prevention is more than providing private security or burglar alarms or participating in neighborhood watch It also includes a commitment to stop criminal behavior by not engaging in it or condoning it when it is committed by others Citizens take part directly in the criminal justice process by reporting crime to the police by being a reliable participant for example a witness or a juror in a criminal proceeding and by accepting the disposition of the system as just or reasonable As voters and taxpayers citizens also participate in criminal justice through the policymaking process that affects how the criminal justice process operates the resources available to it and its goals and objectives At every stage of the process from the original formulation of objectives to the decision about where to locate jails and prisons to the reintegration of inmates into society the private sector has a role to play Without such involvement the criminal justice process cannot serve the citizens it is intended to protect The response to crime and public safety involves many agencies and services Many of the services needed to prevent crime and make neighborhoods safe are supplied by noncriminal justice agencies including agencies with primary concern for public health education welfare public works and housing Individual citizens as well as public and private sector organizations have joined with criminal justice agencies to prevent crime and make neighborhoods safe Criminal cases are brought by the government through the criminal justice system We apprehend try and punish offenders by means of a loose confederation of agencies
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