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CRIME CONTROL MODELS

In short, he was not given due process.

What is interesting to note is Packer's description of the Crime Control model as one that, if it is to operate successfully, requires a high rate of apprehension and conviction. Nevertheless, it seems that his Crime Control model is skewed toward the prosecution, since the very word "control" is a pejorative implication that the defendant requires control and that this control will take him off the streets and somehow reduce crime. Again, this may well be a prosecutorial viewpoint, but there has to be a presumption of innocence, even though Packer states that this is not the polar opposite of the presumption of guilt. The very word "presumption" is used by Packer as indicating what he calls the value system which underlies the Crime Control Model, and which deals with the fact that the repression of criminal conduct is by far the most important function of this model. However, carefully reading these statements, one can come to the conclusion that repression of criminal activities does not occur in the courtroom, but in police or other law enforcement activities. Courts have decisions for guilt or innocence. If a guilty verdict therefore is considered crime repression, it seems a far stretch. The Crime Control model really operates after the fact. A crime has already been committed; a possible perpetrator has been arrested and charged. At best this model is a Criminal Intent Control model, because it has not been proven that an arrest and conviction of one criminal keeps others from committing crimes of various natures.

Packer's discussion again, it must be noted, tend to be skewed toward prosecution, especially in comments about those who are "probably" innocent being quickly screened out, while those who are "probably" guilty are passed quickly through the system. This seems obvious, also, when he states that the presumption of guilt is simply the consequence of a complex of at...

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