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NCJ Number: 114562 Find in a Library
Title: Sense and Nonsense About Crime: A Policy Guide, 2nd Edition
Author(s): S Walker
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 292
Sponsoring Agency: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-09120-2
Sale Source: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co
511 Forest Lodge Road
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text discusses crime control practices that have not worked and continue to be unproductive and those that work or at least have some potential for success.
Abstract: Major tenets of the conservative crime control agenda are critically examined, including policies aimed at increased use of incarceration through preventive detention, incapacitation, and mandatory sentencing; deterrent effects of capital punishment and crackdowns on drunk driving; law enforcement strategies such as removing procedural restraints, improving detective work, and increasing police manpower, closing loopholes by restricting appeals, abolishing plea bargaining, and focusing on the prosecution of career criminals; and protecting victims. Gun control issues, laws, and proposals also are discussed. The liberal prescription for reform is reviewed including rehabilitative schemes emphasizing diversion, probation and parole, and prison reform. Liberal proposals to reform the law (through decriminalization), the system, and society are evaluated. It is suggested that most crime control proposals are nonsense and that both liberals and conservatives are guilty of peddling nonsense. Most proposals have little or no effect on crime. Of policies, those most likely to be effective include gun control, probation, and enhancing principles of due process that will enhance the quality of justice. Chapter figures, tables, illustrations, and notes and an index.
Main Term(s): Crime control policies
Index Term(s): Crime Control Programs; Crime specific countermeasures; Criminal justice program evaluation; Criminalization
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