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Title: Using Civil Remedies for Criminal Behavior: Rationale, Case Studies, and Constitutional Issues
Author(s): P Finn; M O Hylton
Corporate Author: Abt Associates, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 91
Sponsoring Agency: Abt Associates, Inc
Cambridge, MA 02138
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Seven case studies present various criminal justice programs that use civil process to target intransigent criminal behavior.
Abstract: A program in Duluth, Minn., uses civil injunctive relief to prevent domestic violence. The Massachusetts Attorney General, together with the Boston Police Department, uses the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act of 1979 to obtain injunctive relief for victims of hate crime. Two civil statutes are used by the Los Angeles Police Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles District Attorney, to confiscate weapons from the mentally ill even when no crime has been committed and usually without obtaining a search warrant. The Arizona Attorney General's office relies on police undercover work in combination with a State civil racketeering statute to shut down illegal enterprises that steal and resell cars. Other policies described involve civil remedies to evict drug dealers from apartments, seize whole buildings used in the commission of a felony, and abate drug-related nuisances. Key considerations outlined for the effective use of civil remedies to achieve criminal justice goals are to find appropriate legislation, secure competent staff, develop close police-prosecutor collaboration, involve other agencies, and involve the community. Chapter notes, 1 figure, and a glossary
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): Civil remedies; Court procedures; Criminal law; Criminology
Note: From National Institute of Justice Issues and Practices, October 1994.
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