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NCJ Number: NCJ 218261     Find in a Library
Title: The 40th Anniversary of the Crime Report
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Author(s): Thomas E. Feucht Ph.D. ; Edwin Zedlewski Ph.D.
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Journal: National Institute of Justice Journal  Issue:257  Dated:June 2007  Pages:20 to 23
Date Published: 06/2007
Page Count: 4
  Series: NIJ Journal
  Annotation: In this article, two of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) most senior researchers reflect on the President’s Crime Commission (1967) and its accomplishments.
Abstract: In the 1960s, the country was faced with growing turmoil as the war continued overseas and social unrest increased at home. The goal of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice was to address a broad spectrum of social problems in the United States, most notably crime and violence. Johnson recognized soon after taking office that crime and public safety deserved a Federal response, yet there was little known about crime and crime trends because of a lack of comparable data across jurisdictions. The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice was charged with drawing up the responses needed to combat crime. The 19-member Commission set about creating task forces on an array of major crime issues and collecting and analyzing crime statistics. The Commission created the first crime victimization survey and the first estimates of State correctional populations. After 18 months, the Commission delivered its report entitled, “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.” It called for increased technological innovation in crime prevention and analysis and for research in all areas of crime and criminal justice. The creation of the National Institute of Justice and the Office of Justice Programs are direct results of Commission report recommendations. Notes
Main Term(s): Commission reports ; Crime commissions
Index Term(s): Research and development ; Crime prevention measures
Type: Historical Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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