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NCJ Number: 44505 Find in a Library
Title: JUSTICE THROUGH RESTITUTION - MAKING CRIMINAL PAY
Author(s): R CAMPBELL
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 148
Sponsoring Agency: Mott Media
Milford, MI 48042
Sale Source: Mott Media
Box 236
Milford, MI 48042
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE AUTHOR PROPOSES A VICTIM-ORIENTED SYSTEM OF JUSTICE THROUGH RESTITUTION BASED ON A BIBLICAL VIEWPOINT.
Abstract: PRISONS ARE REEXAMINED IN TERMS OF COST AND EFFECTIVENESS IN REDUCING THE CRIME RATE. GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ARE MADE CONCERNING CRIME, PRISON PROBLEMS, THE STAGGERING COST OF IMPRISONMENT, THE BURDEN TO THE TAXPAYER, AND THE FAILURE OF THE PENAL SYSTEM TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH THE CRIMINAL. THE AUTHOR CALLS FOR A RETURN TO THE 'BASICS' TO ENSURE JUSTICE FOR BOTH VICTIMS AND OFFENDERS, BY INSTITUTING A SYSTEM OF OFFENDER RESTITUTION TO THE VICTIM. EXPERIMENTS IN RESTITUTION AND COMPENSATION ARE CITED. THIS ALTERNATIVE TO IMPRISONMENT WOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING ADVANTAGES: THE VICTIM IS HELPED, RATHER THAN IGNORED; SINCE RESTITUTION IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE OFFENSE, THE LAWBREAKER IS REMINDED OF HIS WRONGDOING; THE PROFIT IS REMOVED FROM CRIME; THE PUBLIC WOULD BE SPARED THE COSTS OF IMPRISONMENT. AN APPENDIX PROVIDES A NATIONWIDE SURVEY OF THE DAILY COST OF INMATE CARE AND CUSTODY. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Crime costs; Crime prevention measures; Incarceration; Restitution
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