You have reached the Criminal Justice page of Adam Quirk, FBI special agent, former U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) Special Investigator, and owner of a private investigations firm. This page is where you can find news and information related to the criminal justice system in the United States, as well as other related details that Adam Quirk learned through his personal experiences working for various law enforcement bodies in the country.
To give you a little background, Adam shares general information about criminal justice that he gathered from various sources, including resources on the internet. To start with, Adam Quirk, FBI Criminal Investigation agent, shares a brief definition of the criminal justice system that he found online; citing the National Center for Victims of Crime:
“The criminal justice system is the set of agencies and processes established by governments to control crime and impose penalties on those who violate laws. There is no single criminal justice system in the United States but rather many similar, individual systems. How the criminal justice system works in each area depends on the jurisdiction that is in charge: city, county, state, federal or tribal government or military installation.”
As you can see from the definition above, the criminal justice system in the country is not a “one-size-fits-all” system. What it comprises largely depends on state jurisdiction and federal jurisdiction where applicable.
There is only one common misconception about criminal justice; that it is an interchangeable term with criminology. But there is a difference between the two, says Adam Quirk. In a nutshell, criminology involves detailing of a crime, focusing on cause, consequence, and cost. The criminal justice system, on the other hand, is focused more on the systems put in place regarding the criminal and his or her criminal behavior.
It is quite easy to confuse the two, says Adam Quirk, FBI special investigation agent; and students themselves often commit the same misinterpretation. It is for this reason that Adam thought it best to create a page dedicated to the criminal justice system. He hopes to shed some light on a few misconceptions, and help others, particularly students, gain a better understanding of criminal justice, touching too on the differences among state jurisdictions.
If you have questions or clarifications you wish to make regarding criminal justice, please feel free to get in touch with Adam Quirk through his Contact page. You can rest assured he will get back to you promptly.