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Does Crime Control (Speedy Justice) trump Due Process?
Justice delayed is justice denied. By emphasising speedy justice, the concept of justice is upheld.
Especially for older victims of crime, or those who are seriously ill, the stagnation of legal processes can mean they are denied (meaningful) justice, or that they do not live to see the outcome of their legal proceedings.
It is reasonable for a citizen to expect that if they pursue a legal matter, they will get a resolution to that case within an acceptable time period. Cases that drag across years of people's lives create unacceptable burdens for all involved.
Justice is not truly served when it is rushed.
Given that a notable portion of those who are incarcerated wrongly are minorities, a speedy justice policy could lead to even more disproportionate incarceration of minorities. Given that
minority communities have been disproportionately victims of wrongful incarceration
, at the very least we have a duty to prevent any policy that could potentially increase this rate.