Criminal justice system

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The news media’s influence on the public’s perception of the criminal justice system has a negative impact on the overall relationship between citizens and law enforcement.

Sensationalized journalism of the criminal justice system has contributed to the negative perceptions of people, regardless of their age, gender, or culture. This is because many citizens imagine themselves in the situation depicted by the media and as a result they formulate slanted opinions about how the criminal justice system operates. Furthermore, mass media’s relentless coverage of sensitive incidents often leads to riots, protests, and public outrage.

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