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I STEPS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS1 The Decision Network transforms free citizens into suspects then into defendants into convicted offenders probationers inmates or parolees leading into their eventual discharge from sentence and their return to society2 The full scale network includes a number of major steps about crime suspects and offenders which in turn are linked to different agencies that are meant to flow into one another1 The process of investigation begins with the receiving of a report that a crime was committed or due to indirect evidence a criminal act has taken placea An arrest decision takes place as a result of a crime was committed thus resulting in the apprehension of the perpetrator who has committed the crimeb As a result of the arresting decision the suspect is then taken into custody and booked that is the arrest is registered in a precinct house and the suspect is finger printed and photographedc The next step involved is an in custody investigation which involves the interrogation and an appearance in a lineup or appear on stage with people who roughly resemble the description of the suspect for viewing by victims or witnesses to the crimed The final step is the suspect is taken for an initial appearance before an magistrate The purpose of this is for the judge to decide at first glance whether the alleged crime was committed and if the suspect committed it This process lets cases get resolved at this point as a result of guilty pleas dismissal or withdrawal of charges If the judge gets the accused to honor to appear again for later proceedings released on the accuseds own recognizance He or she can go home until later being summoned for proceedings1 When the suspect is free or waiting in jail the police reports are then given to the prosecutor or District attorney he or she then decides on whether to charge the suspect with criminal activity and
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