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Structure

The criminal justice system is composed of federal, state, and local organizations and agencies. Public institutions consist of police departments and other law enforcement agencies; courts and prosecution and defender offices; probation and parole agencies; jails, prisons, and halfway houses; and corrections departments. Other groups within the criminal justice system include bail bondsmen, private agencies that supervise or treat offenders, and crime victim compensation boards and other groups that represent and assist victims. All of these organizations and agencies interact with each other.

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