Is Criminal Justice a Science?

Grant DeHaven, Eastern Kentucky University
William Travis Morris, Eastern Kentucky University

This paper addresses the question: What does it mean to label criminal justice a science? Science implies a closed system with a given universal methodology. Should the study of criminal justice be circumscribed in this way? Should certain types of questions be excluded from the discipline, namely those that do not lend themselves to measurement, such as the concepts of justice, fairness, and equity? This paper will approach these questions through the philosophies of phenomenology and structuralism.

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