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NCJ Number: 119367 Find in a Library
Title: Crime, Law, and Society: From the Industrial to the Information Society (From Violence in America, Volume 1: The History of Crime, P 251-268, 1989, Ted Robert Gurr, ed. -- See NCJ-119355)
Author(s): R M Brown
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of trends in crime and law in the United States considers the long-term evolution of industrial society, postindustrial society, and the current information society.
Abstract: The discussion rests on the premise that great social and demographic changes seem to work profound changes on patterns of crime and that the criminal law, police, courts, and prisons together can restrain common crime only if they reinforce underlying social forces that are moving in the same direction. Thus, the destiny of crime, law, and society in the United States in the 1990's and the next century will probably result from a combination of short-term and long-term developments that will affect all Americans in an increasingly multicultural society. These developments include an increasing emphasis on education, an increasingly effective educational system that will counteract criminogenic factors, a more conservative Federal judiciary that will reduce the emphasis on due process in favor of repression of crime, and the increasing role of high technology in the criminal justice system. Other trends will include the growing role of community self-help and the incapacitation of greater numbers of serious criminals through an expanded prison population. The 1984 episode in which Bernhard Goetz shot four youths on a New York City subway train exemplifies some of these trends. Reference notes.
Main Term(s): Society-crime relationships
Index Term(s): Crime patterns; Economic influences; Future trends; Social change
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