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NCJ Number: 183100 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Punishment in America
Author(s): Elliott Currie
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 237
Sponsoring Agency: Henry Holt & Co. Inc.
New York, NY 10011
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8050-6016-2
Sale Source: Henry Holt & Co. Inc.
123 W. 18th Street, 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book attempts to counteract misinformation about crime and punishment in the United States, to explain why proposed solutions have not worked and to suggest some that will.
Abstract: The book charts the magnitude of the United States’ recent experiment in increasing imprisonment and considers how much, if at all, it has made the country safer from violent crime. It examines some of the arguments in support of the experiment and finds them wanting. It shows that the best prevention programs aimed at vulnerable children, youth, and families can be much more effective in reducing crime than further increases in incarceration. The book also shows that violent crime in the United States is closely linked to the persistence of extremes of poverty and inequality, and outlines some practical initiatives for fighting violent crime by increasing social supports and opportunities for the most vulnerable citizens. Further, it argues that refocusing the criminal justice system away from simply reacting to crime and toward preventing harm and reintegrating offenders into the community can also bring significant dividends in reducing violence. Notes, index
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Cause removal crime prevention; Community involvement; Crime prevention education; Crime prevention measures; Crime prevention planning; Criminal justice system planning; Social change; Social reintegration; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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