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criminal justice system Syllabification: crim·i·nal jus·tice sys·tem

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of criminal justice system in English:


The system of law enforcement that is directly involved in apprehending, prosecuting, defending, sentencing, and punishing those who are suspected or convicted of criminal offenses.
Example sentences
  • Far from ministerial, rules of evidence and criminal procedure are at the core of any criminal justice system.
  • Probation is an important way to reduce the caseload burden in any criminal justice system.
  • The youth criminal justice system is expanding into areas that child welfare services would once have intervened in.
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