Identify and discuss the societal trends that will impact the criminal justice system in the next ten years.
There are surely very many trends that we know about (and ones we don't know about) that will impact the criminal justice system in the next ten years. A few that will have an impact are:
- The trend towards lower government spending. There are already many states trying to move away from imprisoning drug offenders. This sort of trend is likely to continue.
- The trend towards using state and local law enforcement for immigration enforcement. The trend started by Arizona last year seems to be spreading. This will add to the duties of law enforcement and may well harm the relationship between police and Latino communities.
- The trend towards a more "minority" America. American police departments have traditionally had difficult relations with minority communities. As minorities come to make up larger percentages of the overall population, these relationships will need to be mended.