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Police Officers Wearing Body Cameras : Research Paper

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1Table of ContentsAbstract.......................................................................................................................................................2Police officers wearing body cameras.........................................................................................................3Pros and cons of wearing a body camera by police officials........................................................................3Pros..........................................................................................................................................................4Cons........................................................................................................................................................4My opinion (for or against).........................................................................................................................5Life sentencing for juveniles.......................................................................................................................6Pros and cons...............................................................................................................................................7Pros..........................................................................................................................................................7Cons........................................................................................................................................................8My opinion (for or against).........................................................................................................................8Private Prisons.............................................................................................................................................9Pros and cons.............................................................................................................................................10Pros........................................................................................................................................................10Cons......................................................................................................................................................10My opinion (for or against).......................................................................................................................11References.................................................................................................................................................12
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2Abstract In this paper, I am going to discuss three controversial topics where one controversial topic in law enforcement is should all police officers wear body cameras? The controversial topic in courts is Life sentencing for juveniles. And the controversial topic in corrections is the private prison. I am going to analyze all the three topics in terms of its pros and cons and will be giving my opinion based on that. The Congress in June 2015, took a resolution to support the wearing of police body cameras by the police officials so as to encourage the police to wear body cameras while they are on duty. The U.S courts had provided for the life imprisonment of the juvenile offenders without the possibility of parole.There has been a debate over the running of private prisons by the correctional organizations.I have discussed all these three topics here in this paper.
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3Police officers wearing body cameras If we talk about the state of Alaska, then it has been stated that it strictly prohibits only audio recording by the police officials of any conversation. Through Stat. § 42.20.310(a) (2014), it has allowed for only silent recording but without violating the right to privacy as given under the constitution of Alaska. Thus, it can be said that it restricts the recording in the areas where privacy is to be maintained. It has also been provided that Alaska through its Stat. § 42.20.390(11) (2014), prohibits the recording of anything intentionally which someone might have said considering that communication to be private. But, it has also been given by Alaska Stat. § 40.25.120(6) (2014) and by the Alaska's Public Records Act, that the records which are compiled for the purpose of law enforcement shall be exempt. Thus, this way Alaska has exempted the police from public record requests. Also, it has been provided by the Washington Privacy Act that the police officials who are wearing body cameras to record the conversations and actions of people must comply with the provisions of this Act ("Police Body-Worn Camera Legislation Tracker", n.d.). This Act talks in favor of individual privacy and says that it must not be invaded for the purposes of law enforcement in gathering evidence without obtaining a warrant. But this Act talks about maintaining privacy in cases of "private communications “only.Pros and cons of wearing a body camera by police officialsThere are various benefits that may arise with the use of body-worn cameras by the police officials. It can serve as better evidence documentation and can result in increased transparency and accountability. But at the same time, there are certain drawbacks attached with the use of body-worn cameras, like privacy issues, data retention, and public disclosure policies, officer and community
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