Crime Policy and the American Ideology

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My vision of an ideal crime policy is one that supports and upholds the Constitution of the United States and the U.S. Bill of Rights by preserving the American ideology that all men are created equal and, thus, are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights with the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.

The balance of power would be maintained in thought and deed without loss of integrity by either individual or state. Justice for one and all would be chanted and sung in the streets. The scales of justice would weigh equally with criminal and victim. Due process of law would be exercised without excessive bail or fines imposed. Cruel and unusual punishments would be forbidden.

            The ideal crime policy would definitely include specific mention of the eighth article of the U.S. Bill of Rights ensuring that in all criminal prosecutions:

“The accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence”.

            Cost-saving measures and other fiscal shortcuts would not be allowed if they infringe on an individual’s dignity or the judicial process. Fiduciary responsibility remains integral.

Any crime policy would also include specific mention of the fourth article of the U.S. Bill of Rights in order to preserve the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In an ideal world, this right would never be infringed upon with gun control laws.

            The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses and papers against unreasonable searches and seizures by government is also of utmost importance. Thus, the sixth article of the Bill of Rights would be upheld in any crime policy. Self-defense from any enemy whether foreign or domestic or even one’s own spouse is also a God-given right that no government can deny.

            When in the Course of human events, “it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation” (United States. The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. Kindle Edition, 2016).

Merlene’s Memos (2016)

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