Underlying and protecting the principle of fairness in crime and punishment is the constitutional protection of due process. Due process protects against arbitrary deprivation of life, liberty, or property. Therefore, due process requires that before the government deprives people of their life, liberty, or property, the applicable law is publicly accessible, the person is notified of the action and reasons for the action, he or she is allowed a trial in accordance with legal principles at which he or she can present evidence ...

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