Sample Criminal Justice Paper on Crime and the Media

Crime and the Media

Bad news about corrections “is more newsworthy than good news” because of two main factors. The way this information is relayed to the public (first impression) and the fact that people are always concerned about the content contained in media news (Surete 150-152). It is always a factor of great concern when media reports present information in a way that makes people get attracted to media information being relayed. As much as wrong information can be availed to the public, what matters most is the manner in which the public react to corrections provided to such information when it is corrected. So that it is more appealing to the public if corrections effected worsen the situation rather than make it better.

For instance, in commercial prisons films, as much as prison life is presented as being violent and dehumanizing, prison inmates are always displayed as being heroic while correctional officers are presented as villains (Surete 152). In addition, misreported media reports that a crime scene involving correctional police fight with inmates led to gangs being wounded would be more newsworthy if it is corrected that what actually happened is that two police officers were harmed by the inmates. In order to control this trend, correctional personnel should always ensure that information regarding their mode of operation is counter checked before being released to the public.

The most responsible person for the content relayed to the public is the news agency administrators because before any news is released to the public, they must be aware of the implications it would have on the audience.

Media police help provide security services to media personnel when carrying out news collection roles while street police are assigned with duties providing security services to the general public. Both categories of police are state officers who are trained and managed by state security operations.

Differences between media correctional officers and real correctional officers

Media correctional officer’s                                        Real correctional officers

Control activities of media personnel                         Work in prison facilities

Are media roles focused                                             Are meant serve the public by

providing correctional services

Media specialists                                                         Correctional specialists

Work Cited

Surette, Ray. Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice: Images, Realities, and Policies. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth, 2011. Print.