The news media spends much time reporting on crime and criminal justice in America and is a primary source of information about these topics for the general public.

People now have easy access to the news at their fingertips, with online news sources and the sharing of information through social media. They also have the ability to discuss the articles through forums on many news Websites. Citizens must discern which information is accurate and which information is inaccurate, and may come to conclusions about a suspect's guilt or innocence or make ...

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