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NCJ Number: 156542 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice? The Legal System Versus Individual Responsibility
Editor(s): R J Bidinotto
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 320
Sponsoring Agency: Foundation for Economic Education, Inc
Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533
Publication Number: ISBN 1-57246-016-4
Sale Source: Foundation for Economic Education, Inc
30 South Broadway
Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Polls indicate that crime is the number one concern of the American public, and contributors to this book believe the criminal justice system has failed to deal adequately with crime because it has abandoned the concept of individual responsibility.
Abstract: The book is organized in three parts: (1) criminal responsibility and the criminal mind; (2) the flight from responsibility; and (3) the restoration of responsibility. Contributors explore myths about crime and punishment, crime in the welfare state, the subversion of justice, plea bargaining as an unnecessary evil, and the paradox of the exclusionary rule. They also look at confessions, the insanity defense, moral retribution, crime reduction, incarceration, truth in sentencing, and community supervision. The final article explores how to restore individual responsibility, given the varied objectives of punishment, retribution, deterrence, incapacitation, moral education, and rehabilitation. Footnotes, tables, and figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Confessions; Corrections; Courts; Criminal justice system analysis; Criminal justice system effectiveness; Criminal justice system reform; Criminal responsibility; Deterrence; Exclusionary rule; Incarceration; Insanity defense; Juveniles; Legal system; Plea negotiations; Punishment; Rehabilitation; Sentencing/Sanctions
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