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NCJ Number: 157891 Find in a Library
Title: Criminals on the Streets: A Citizen's Right To Know
Journal: State Factor  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:(April 1995)  Pages:complete issue
Corporate Author: American Legislative Exchange Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: American Legislative Exchange Council
Washington, DC 20006
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper argues that States should require their governments to publish information on the effectiveness of various crime control strategies and sentencing options and summarizes several proposals that are more cost-effective than current ones and reduce the recidivism rates of those sentenced.
Abstract: Examples exist in Connecticut, Illinois, and elsewhere of the cost in lives, freedom, and dollars of withholding information on the effectiveness of the State's judicial system. Proposed actions that would reduce costs and recidivism rates include using the private sector for bail, covering inmates released on probation and parole, operating prisons, and other functions; requiring inmates to serve their full sentences; and imposing life sentences without parole for third-time felons. Other proposed measures include making prisons and jails safer for guards and less comfortable for inmates by removing weight equipment and cigarettes and eliminating all visits and requiring pretrial release agencies to publish annual reports reporting employment, expenditures, actions, and outcomes. Reference notes and text of pretrial release legislation
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime control policies; Criminal justice system effectiveness; Criminal justice system policy; Information dissemination; Public information
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