Criminal Justice and the Media

Crime and justice are subjects that are frequently presented on television. Prime time television shows, soap operas, music videos, and cartoons often portray images of crime and criminal justice.

Please list and discuss at least six television shows that you have seen that depict the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system (two television shows for each component for a total of six shows). If you prefer, you can use movies, radio, print media or any combination of them but two of any examples you use must depict each of the three components of the criminal justice system for a total of six illustrations.

How do these shows or events present each component?
Are the images positive or negative?
What stages of the process are depicted?
Do you think these images are fair representations of criminal justice?
Why or why not?

 

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