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criminal justice system

Definition of Criminal Justice System

(noun) A collection of institutions taken together (police, judiciary, corrections), which create and enforce law.

Example of Criminal Justice System

  • A criminal justice system would assure a convict follows the conditions of their parole.

Criminal Justice System Pronunciation

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Syllabification: crim·i·nal jus·tice sys·tem

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International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈkrɪmənəl ˈʤʌstəs ˈsɪstəm/
  • British English – /ˈkrɪmɪnl ˈʤʌstɪs ˈsɪstɪm/

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Cite the Definition of Criminal Justice System

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “criminal justice system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 14, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/criminal-justice-system/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

criminal justice system. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/criminal-justice-system/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “criminal justice system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 14, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/criminal-justice-system/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“criminal justice system.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/criminal-justice-system/>.