Public Safety versus Civil Rights Debate

Apr 16th, 2015
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Write a 1,750- to 2,000-word analysis in which you present both arguments of the public safety versus civil rights debate. Evaluate the following key issues and the current laws and amendments associated with the administration of justice and security among communities: The death penalty: effective crime deterrent vs. civil rights violation Gun control: Amendment violation or public safety concern Pursuit driving: Benefits and consequences Hate crimes: Associated threats, personal, and societal

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Public Safety versus Civil Rights DebateNameClassDateProfessorPublic Safety versus Civil Rights Debate One important debate in society is over public safety versus civil rights. The debate is concerned with if civil rights for citizens should always outweigh the public safety of everyone in society or should the safety of society outweigh the civil rights guaranteed the citizen in the United States Constitution? The argument for public safety was strengthened by the terrorist's attacks on 9/11 and the enactment of the Patriot Act. The Patriot Act broadened the investigatory capabilities of police even though it would result in a clear Fourth Amendment violation. Public safety supporters find the intrusion the Patriot Act creates is a necessary sacrifice while non supporters find it is just an end run around the constitution by an oppressive government. The Patriot Act is a perfect example of the public safety versus civil rights debate. The Patriot Act has been very successful in preventing any further terrorist attacks as well as in thwarting attempted attacks. This act violates the citizens Fourth Amendment because police can spy on the privacy of the citizen without any repercussions plus "suspected" terrorists are denied any due process right. Since America was founded the goal of the government was to create a democratic society where citizens were afforded civil liberties that would ensure the government never becomes oppressive.

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