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Justice Without Trial

  • Jerome H. Skolnick
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Abstract

For what social purpose do police exist? What values do police serve in a democratic society? Are the police to be principally an agency of social control, with their chief value the efficient enforcement of the prohibitive norms of substantive criminal law? Or are the police to be an institution falling under the hegemony of the legal system, with a basic commitment to the rule of law, even if this obligation may result in a reduction of social order? How does this dilemma of democratic society hamper the capacity of the police, institutionally and individually, to respond to legal standards of law enforcement?

Keywords

Police Force Democratic Society Criminal Procedure Police Work Defense Attorney 
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