Criminal Justice System portrayed in media

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    • 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.

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Criminal justice system portrayed in media.
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In recent times, the influence that the media has gained over the masses has grown
tremendously bringing into question the effects it has on the criminal justice system. This essay
gives an exposition of how the media portrays the criminal justice system, its impact in as far as
coverage of sensationalistic crime is concerned and the correlation between crime and factors
such as age, education, and others. The relationship between the media and the criminal justice
system can be viewed as one based on criticism. The reasoning behind this view is the constant
media coverage that focuses mostly on the negative aspects of the criminal justice system and its
shortcomings. The media through its opinion shaping prowess portrays the criminal justice
system as unfair and one broken. The press dwells more on the negative aspects of the criminal
justice system at the expense of highlighting the milestones that the criminal justice has
achieved. To understand the impact that the media has on the criminal justice system, one has to
follow the cultivation theory.
The cultivation theory by George Gerbner and Larry gross (1976) hypothesizes that an
increase in TV consumption would result in the distortion of reality since the “TV world” either
exaggerates or understates different aspects of society. This has become the reality of our world
today. The glaring evidence of this fact is seen by the attitudes that people exude over the
criminal justice system. Even though the Medias actions such as the covering of stories that
relate to the criminal justice s...

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