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NCJ Number: 183675 Find in a Library
Title: Sense and Nonsense About Crime and Drugs: A Policy Guide, Fourth Edition
Author(s): Samuel Walker
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 312
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Publication Number: ISBN 0-534-50867-7
Sale Source: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Ten Davis Drive
Belmont, CA 94002
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of conservative, moderate, and liberal crime control policies concludes that most policies are mistaken, because they rest on false assumptions or repeat past policies that research has revealed to be ineffective; the analysis concludes that most criminal justice-related policies will not significantly reduce crime.
Abstract: The book examines empirical support for popular policies, including putting more police on the street, imprisoning more offenders, and implementing drug treatment. It concludes that conservative and liberal crime control policies are equally lacking in empirical support. It also notes that some crime control and crime prevention programs have worked and that other strategies exist that promise to be even more effective. However, these strategies often have little ideological purity. They are effective because they rest on definitive data regarding the nature of crime and criminals. The author concludes that developing an effective crime policy is not a matter of ideology. Instead, it requires solid policy research; realistic expectations; and, most of all, dealing with the social problem that lead to crime. These social problems include poverty, inequality, and family breakdown; the criminal justice system can do little about these problems except make them worse. Tables, figures, illustrations, chapter reference notes, and index
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Cause removal crime prevention; Conservatism; Corrections effectiveness; Corrections policies; Crime control policies; Crime prevention planning; Drug law enforcement; Drug laws; Drug Policy; Drug prevention programs; Drug regulation; Law reform; Legislative impact; Liberalism; Police effectiveness; Social conditions
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