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NCJ Number: 134209 Find in a Library
Title: Law and Disorder III: State and Federal Performance Under Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968
Corporate Author: Lawyers' Cmtte for Civil Rights Under Law
United States of America
Date Published: 1972
Page Count: 144
Sponsoring Agency: Lawyers' Cmtte for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC 20005
National Urban Coalition
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Lawyers' Cmtte for Civil Rights Under Law
733 15th Street, NW
Woodward Building
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report analyzes the operation of the Federal anticrime grant program created by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.
Abstract: It reviews the nature and impact of grants made through the end of fiscal year 1971 and focuses on programs administered directly by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) and on block grant programs of five States (California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina). The study is based on interviews and document reviews conducted at the Federal, State, and local levels and on a review of the literature pertaining to criminal justice system administration. The anticrime grant program was the first substantial Federal effort to deal with rising crime and delinquency rates. The Title I program was designed to provide the extra money needed by localities to restructure law enforcement and criminal justice operations and methods. The study indicates that LEAA did not exercise the leadership mandated by Title I's design. Action grants were given for projects shown to be of dubious value, while discretionary grants became a vehicle for funding whatever programs States chose not to fund. The overall result was that the Federal program became a fiscal relief program. In almost 4 years of operation and after the distribution of about $1.5 billion in funds, the program did not initiate basic criminal justice system reform. The report discusses the LEAA bureaucracy, computerized criminal information and intelligence systems, the hardware industry, and State experiences with the grant program. Appendixes contain data on action and discretionary grants by State. References, footnotes, and tables
Main Term(s): Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA); Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act
Index Term(s): California; Federal programs; Massachusetts; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina
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