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Title: Federal Assistance to State and Local Criminal Justice Agencies, Part II, Career Criminals: Hearings on S. 28 and S. 3216 Before the Senate Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures of the Committee on the Judiciary, 95th Congress, 2nd Session, September 27, 1978
Corporate Author: US Congress
Senate Subcommittee on Criminal Laws and Procedures
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 514
Sponsoring Agency: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
US Congress
Washington, DC 20510
Sale Source: Superintendent of Documents, GPO
Washington, DC 20402
United States of America
Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Senate hearing, held in 1978, focused on two pieces of legislation that would focus Federal resources on the development of career criminal or repeat offender prosecution programs to ensure intensive prosecution of offenders.
Abstract: The Senate committee examined the bills as part of its continuing inquiry into the future of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (EL). The discussions noted that making a direct and demonstrable impact on violent street crime is the single most important goal of any program of Federal assistance to State and local criminal justice agencies. Studies have revealed that a small proportion of offenders account for large numbers of crimes, but many habitual offenders are not prosecuted. Prosecutors face large caseloads and concentrate most on cases with strong likelihood of conviction. These include cases in which witnesses cooperate and the evidence is strong. Prosecutors consider the immediate offense rather than the offender's history. Speakers included an assistant LEAA administrator, prosecuting attorneys from several jurisdictions, and a member of Congress. Written statements came from two senators, a State attorney general, and a representative of the National Rifle Association. Tables, figures, and text of legislation
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Career criminal programs; Federal programs; Prosecution
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