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NCJ Number: 237410 Find in a Library
Title: How and Why Do Criminal Justice Public Policies Spread Throughout U.S. States? A Critical Review of the Diffusion Literature
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:December 2011  Pages:403-421
Author(s): Tiffany Bergin
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 19
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents the first review specifically of studies that have examined the diffusion of criminal justice policies throughout United States.
Abstract: Why do some criminal justice public policies spread rapidly throughout U.S. States, and other policies never take hold? To answer this question, this article presents the first review specifically of studies that have examined the diffusion of criminal justice policies throughout U.S. States. After a comprehensive review of key research databases, 23 studies are identified. The key findings of these studies are analyzed in great depth, with particular reference to cross-study differences in how three variables from the general policy literature—geographic proximity, political ideology, and media attention—were operationalized. The article identifies important gaps in current knowledge about the factors that affect the diffusion of criminal justice policies and suggests several directions for future research in this area. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Criminal justice system policy; Policy analysis; Research
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