The criminal justice system, like any other system, is run by insiders: prosecutors, judges, deputy sheriffs, police, clerks, private defense, and public defenders. But system outsiders—victims, witnesses, criminal defendants, and the community in general—have the power to demand respect from that same system and to demand that the system work for them. System insiders have no monopoly on the knowledge and the power to shape the criminal justice system.
"Community Demand for Change and Accountability: A History of Court Watch NOLA, New Orleans’ Community Courtwatching Program,"
New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 32:
1, Article 14.
Available at: https://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol32/iss1/14