Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review Section 1.2 and Section 1.3 of the Wright (2012) text where the author discusses the structure of the criminal justice system and explores functions within it. In Section 1.4, pay particular attention to Wrights discussion of the concepts of decentralization and federalism and rationales for the juvenile justice system being kept separate from the criminal justice system. In Section 1.5and Section 1.6, Wright provides insight on the size of the justice system and identifies factors that distinguish various criminal justice models. Overall, reviewing the content in Chapter 1 of the Wright text will provide you a foundation for exploring the Week 1 prompts and topics. Finally, review the website, FBI: Uniform Crime Reporting (Links to an external site.).
The criminal justice system is made up of three main branches, including law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections. The system as a whole can be viewed and analyzed from different perspectives and considered in terms of different outcomes. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library, and properly cite any references. The Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.