How the Justice System Works


The diagram illustrates the sequence of events in the criminal justice system. To link to a text description of each section, return to the Justice System pageThe flowchart of the events in the criminal justice system (shown in the diagram) updates the original chart prepared by the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice in 1967. The chart summarizes the most common events in the criminal and juvenile justice systems including entry into the criminal justice system, prosecution and pretrial services, adjudication, sentencing and sanctions, and corrections. A discussion of the events in the criminal justice system follows.

The image above was obtained from the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics website.