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In the movie denoted as Criminal justice: Nothing cuts deeper; the work of police is to indentify, investigate, and arrest criminals. In this case, we see Denise Moore the victim of the robbery sought justice by visiting the police station for assistance. She lost her money while sustaining serious injuries on her face. She was provided with a number of pictures to choose from a variety of criminals suspected to have committed the act and was able to identify the assailant (Desoriente0, 2014). The detective moved in to conduct an investigation by visiting the suspect while requesting for a discussion over the issue. They do not use force, an action that renders their conduct to be within the law. The work of detective is to determine and identify the legal issues regarding a case in a professional manner by observing the code of conduct. This was highly observed in this case.  According to burns, policing follows a sequence of events and procedures represented in a flowchart.  The chart is known as the criminal justice system flowchart that stipulates and shows the procedure to be followed when dealing with a criminal case. First, the victim report the case and investigation commences immediately. A list is prepared for possible suspects and their location is identified. The victim identifies the criminal before they can be arrested and cross-examination commences (Ronald Burns, 1977).

The second article is about the cost of crime in terms of judicial process undergone by the victims and his or her accomplices.  The rate of recidivism makes the cost of rendering justice an expensive endeavor for the government because it has to provide the necessary measure and resources for the activity to take place.  I also think that government should try to educate the public against the negative effects of crime to avoid incurring these costs from time to time. Burns found out that the judicial process is a costly affair to the nation in case of repeated robbery or crimes (Ronald Burns, 1977). In addition, the act of following the procedure of gathering evidence to prosecute an individual also consumes time and money. This is the reason as to why government regards to the judicial process of recidivism as being costly (Judy Wrighta, Helen Elseyb, Jenni Murrayb, & Sandy Tubeufa, 2015).

In applying the law in this case, both the victims and the suspect have the right to be treated with respect during interventions. For the suspect, before further investigation can take place there is need to carry out an identification process that will help ascertain and prosecute the right person. Preliminary identification is meant to distinguish the real suspect from a set of criminals who may be deemed to commit the crime. On the other hand, the victims have to come clear about the matter at hand to avoid misconceptions and identification of the wrong person. However, Denise Moore was in a position to successfully identify Jesse Williams (thief) hence the case did not take full length (Ronald Burns, 1977).

In conclusion, it is true that the work of the police is to maintain law and order. However, it emerges that they also have an obligation of conducting thorough investigation for crimes committed to avoid wastage of money as well as time.  I personally feel that the investigators in Denise Moore case acted and delivered their services as professionals. This is the reason as to why the case took a very short time as indicated. Recidivism on the contrary has led to the introduction of Education and Vocational Training to the prison population. Doing this has a lot of benefit even to the community as well as individual prisoner.


Desoriente0. (2014, January 24). Criminal Justice: Nothing Cuts Deeper [Video file].

Judy Wrighta, Helen Elseyb, Jenni Murrayb, & Sandy Tubeufa. (2015). Cost of crime: A systematic review. Journal of Criminal Justice43(6), 218–228.

Ronald Burns G. (1977). Policing: A Modular Approach (1st ed.). London: Prentice Hall.