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The United States Due Process Model And The Crime Control Model

Updated on June 18, 2014

The Due Process Model and the Crime Control Model both serve roles in the criminal justice system.

However, if only one model was enforced as the sole basis of the criminal justice system in the United States, the Due Process Model may be more helpful than the Crime Control Model.

It may be difficult to select just one model of the criminal process, the Due Process Model takes the time to process the accused.

While both the Crime Control Model and the Due Process Model work together in balance, if Americans are left with only one method then the Due Process Model would handle the criminally accused fairly and more accurately within the justice system.

However, the Crime Control Model’s swiftness and speed does not consider the many legal variables involved in a case.


For example, in a case concerning a man seemingly guilty of shooting another man. There are witnesses present that said he did it, the man confesses to shooting the victim, but there may still be other factors.

Such as the man might have shot the victim out of self-defense. He could have been being robbed, held at gunpoint, might have had his own gun, and shot the robber. Or any other number of variables could be at play.

Only a tribunal can convict the man of legal instead of factual guilt. And as the criminal justice system is a system of man and can have imperfections because men are not perfect, then the Due Process Model better ensures that citizens are protected against man’s mistakes.


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