due process

The real value of due process

Due process in federal agencies is under attack by those who wonder: Why does it take so long to bring wrongdoers to justice? Shouldn't violators be fired instantly, not kept on administrative leave?

Their perception is that due process protects the guilty. But in fact, the opposite is true.

For an employee against whom an offense can be proven, the consequences are inevitable. Due process can only ensure that the investigation is fair, the offense is proven, and that the penalty is fair and proportionate. Due process doesn't prevent punishment of the guilty.

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