Business Finance
Introduction to Criminal Justice and Public Policy 1,250–1,750 words

Question Description

Media coverage influences the public's perception of the criminal justice system and the policy agendas of those within the system. This often results in changes within the operational structure of the police, courts, and corrections centers. These changes include the firing of employees, the initiation of internal investigations, and the privatization of services. Respond to the following questions, and support your positions using credible research:

Assignment Guidelines

  • Address the following in 1,250–1,750 words:
    • How is the criminal justice system portrayed in the media? Explain.
      • What impact do the media have on a viewer's perception as to the system's efficacy in dealing with crime? Explain.
    • Does coverage of sensationalistic and violent crime create fear among the general public? Explain.
      • Does this fear influence criminal justice policy attitudes? Explain in detail.
    • Is there a correlation between gender, education, income, age, and perceived neighborhood problems and police effectiveness in dealing with crime? Explain in detail.
  • In this assignment, external research is essential to successful submission. You must utilize at least 5–7 academic or scholarly external resources to support your arguments.
  • Be sure to reference all of your sources using APA style.

Final Answer

Please find the answer in the attachment below


Criminal Justice and Media Coverage
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One of the most developing aspects of human beings is technology, especially in media
coverage. The use of televisions, Social Media, news articles among other things in media has
become like a daily schedule of daily human activities. One of the areas that the media has been
involved a lot in recent years is the field of criminal justice. Media coverage is the primary
source of information relating to criminal justice (Werner 2015). People read issues relating to
criminal justice in social media coverages, watch them in televisions, and read them in daily
newspapers. However, even though media is like the primary source of criminal justice
information, there have been different issues that have arisen in the years questioning the
creditability of media coverage in criminal justice (Lewis 2017). The major areas of concern of
media coverage are how they define the viewer’s perception on system’s efficacy, whether
sensational and violent crimes create fear in public, and correlations between gender, education
and age among other things on neighborhood problems and police effectiveness.

The media has portrayed criminal justice in different ways that have helped shape
people’s perception of the system’s efficacy when dealing with different crimes. The areas of
criminal justice that have been affected by criminal justice is lawyers, the police, and
correlational officers. According to cultivation theories and other researchers, the media has a
big effect on how people view different criminal justice systems (Roberts 2018). Mainly in cases
where people are not familiar with criminal justice, they will heavily rely on the media coverage
information to make conclusions of a specific criminal justice system. For example, the media
has shown lawyers and police officers more positively and negatively which has highly
influenced their views about the two prof...

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