All Political Groups Joining up in Criminal Justice Careers
Posted by Staff Writers on July 14, 2010
Considering the recent months, it is amazing, if not unthinkable, that the criminal justice system would bind our two political sects together on the side of the accused nonetheless. We are accustomed to hearing about groups like the ACLU or other civil rights organizations that stick up for the accused and demands that they be afforded the same rights. It is therefore highly unusual for us to hear about stark conservatives making a hubbub about the rights of criminals. Are we sure we’re hearing all this correctly?
Both sides have joined together in an attempt to quell “big government”, especially in the criminal justice region. A far contrast from the Nixon administration’s “tough on crime” policies, politicians now believe that the less government involvement with criminal justice matters, the better. It is amazing how much this trend has changed in only a few decades (although it is a common trend throughout political parties and mantras); one of the largest examples of this trend is the changing political outlook of former attorney general Edwin Meese III, who once called the ACLU criminals. Meese and his successor, former attorney general Dick Thornburgh, have both admitted that they would love to have the ACLU on their side now in their attempt to quell big government. Who would’ve thought they would see the day?
The over-criminalization that many politicians speak of stem from the rampant federal laws that overlap onto state laws, a clear violation of the separation of powers. Federal government prosecutors can indict criminals on little to no evidence, which is a far cry from the mountains of evidence that must be proven in a state criminal justice trial. While there should be more of a happy medium, it has always been the mantra of the criminal justice system that criminal justice laws should be construed narrowly to protect people from the state. The over-criminalization of people is clearly not protecting anyone from the state or federal government, but is instead treading on the toes of what is moral.
The intrusion of federal power into the state’s rights is a fundamental violation of constitutional rights that many politicians have noticed as Supreme Court cases concerning criminal justice reign on. While criminal justice cases have recently involved large corporations (an unfortunate fact for many politicians who are keen to join in against big government), most criminal justice careers do not involve the investigation of any of these corporate giants, but instead focus on the smaller client. The criminal justice system is a rapidly changing entity, and unbeknownst to many, with this change come changes in political standpoints as well.