Communication in Criminal Justice

Communicationin Criminal Justice

Communicationin Criminal Justice

Thereis no doubt that technology has shaped communication not only inbusiness, but also in criminal justice. The need for precise, conciseand efficient communication is critical to discharge duties anddeliver justice effectively(Stojkovic, Kalinich, &amp Klofas, 2014).The criminal justice system requires that reports are composed andpreserved as they are used as affidavits and precedents.Consequently, there is a need for information to flow smoothly frompolice departments and labs to courtrooms with the sole purpose ofproviding reliable information (Stojkovic,Kalinich, &amp Klofas, 2014).This has been boosted by computerizing of records, which eliminatesthe possibility of misplacing information or being eaten by rats.

Furthermore,use of electronic records have made it easy to acess documents easilywithin any jurisdiction without evaluating the data files physically.The two file systems complement each other and need to be usedtogether for the effective communication process. Also, informationtechnology has been very influential in helping police investigationsand monitoring of criminal activities (Stojkovic,Kalinich, &amp Klofas, 2014).Unlike in the past where records were manually kept, and a criminalwould terrorize one state and run to hide in another, technology hasmade it difficult as information has been computerized which isavailable to the police anywhere in the country. Moreover,information technology has led to the growth of the AutomatedFingerprint Identification System, which keeps a history of everyindividual.

Hence,it makes it easier to monitor individuals’ activities. It providesvarious search capabilities such as electronic image storage, latentfigure search, and automated finger search among others (Kania,&amp Davis, 2014).In the past, justice was either denied due to insufficient evidenceor people convicted because of the same, but with the development ofinformation technology, there has been a breakthrough in this sector(Kania,&amp Davis, 2014).For instance, there have been individuals who were wrongly convicted,but later the perpetrators confessed of the actions, and it wassupported by DNA test(Kania, &amp Davis, 2014).This led to the overturning of the cases. Thus, informationtechnology has been very vital in the transformation of the criminaljustice system.


Kania,&nbspR.&nbspR.,&amp Davis,&nbspR.&nbspP. (2014). Managingcriminal justice organizations: An introduction to theory andpractice(2nd&nbsped.). Hoboken, NJ: Taylor and Francis.

Stojkovic,&nbspS.,Kalinich,&nbspD.&nbspB., &amp Klofas,&nbspJ. (2014). Criminaljustice organizations: Administration and management(6th&nbsped.). Stanford, CT: Cengage.