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NCJ Number: 97835 Find in a Library
Title: Fighting Violent Crime in America
Author(s): R S Lauder
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 249
Sponsoring Agency: Dodd, Mead and Co
New York, NY 10016
Sale Source: Dodd, Mead and Co
79 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text discusses the prevalence of violent crime in the United States, provides case histories that outline the nature and extent of the problem, and advocates the application of successful business techniques and advanced technology to the fight against violent crime.
Abstract: Areas where business computer usages could be applied to crime are suggested; for example, crime-ridden cities could use computer models to project court, prison, police, and social welfare needs, and researchers could examine the potential of juvenile projects. Attention focuses on subteen criminals and on ways to salvage them; criminals aged 13 to 17 are discussed, and the need to bring some order to the juvenile courts so that juvenile crime can be countered is cited. Alternatives to locking up youthful offenders are explored; suggestions for ensuring that their first encounters with the police deter them from recidivism are offered, and the need for swift justice is identified. The importance of building more prisons is emphasized, and alternatives to prisons are considered. Women's role in violent crime is delineated, and statistics on female police officers and corrections officers are provided. Victim compensation and restitution services are supported, and their expansion is urged. Finally, the roles that volunteers can play in fighting crime are described, and the costs of crime prevention are delineated. Included are chapter notes, an index, and approximately 400 references.
Index Term(s): Juvenile courts; Restitution; Victim compensation; Victims of Crime; Violent crimes; Violent juvenile offenders; Violent offenders
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