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The incessant debate of whether the current criminal justice system is about as fair and effective as we can reasonably expect has yet again been addressed in this essay It is argued throughout this essay that the criminal justice system fails to meet with the protection and well being of the public by not appropriately processing offenders Six main arguments of this essay highlight weaknesses within the system The first argument of this essay exposes the time in which offenders spend in remand prior to their trial The second debates whether bail over remand is being used appropriately The third shows how lenient judges sentencing decisions are and in addition to this the fourth argument shows what effect the media has on the courts decisions Then finally the fifth researches the rate of offenders re- offending This essay concludes that the criminal justice system is not using its ability to the fullest to stop these offenders from re-offending within our community The first argument in the weaknesses of the criminal justice system addresses the time an offender spends in remand in the wait of their trial date The length remandees are spending in custody is far too extensive and more action needs to be done to trounce this problem within our system When a person is placed in remand it is believed the main factors are so that they actually show up for their hearing to protect witnesses or anyone else if they re-offend and in some cases the accused themselves need the protection Sarre et al 1999 Biles 1990 documents that the annual prison census conducted in 1990 shows us that out of 1843 remandees 43 per cent spent over one year in custody and 133 per cent of those served between six to twelve months Due to this lengthy remand period we are now seeing an increase in our prison population mainly that of remandees rather than convicted prisoners Besides the
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