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NCJ Number: 51352 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: IMPROVING POLICE DISCRETION RATIONALITY IN HANDLING PUBLIC INEBRIATES - PART 1
Journal: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW REVIEW  Volume:29  Issue:4  Dated:(FALL 1977)  Pages:447-485
Author(s): D E AARONSON; C T DIENES; M C MUSHENO
Corporate Author: American Bar Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 40
Sponsoring Agency: American Bar Foundation
Chicago, IL 60611
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 74NI-99-0055
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS FIRST PART OF A TWO-PART ARTICLE DISCUSSES SOME OF THE ELEMENTS IN A MODEL FOR POLICY ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTATION IN THE POLICE HANDLING OF PUBLIC INEBRIATES.
Abstract: THE MODEL DEVELOPED IS BASED UPON TWO ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH POLICE HANDLING OF PUBLIC INEBRIATES: (1) A MAJOR IMPEDIMENT TO THE MORE RATIONAL AND JUST APPLICATION OF POLICE JUDGEMENT IS THE THWARTING OF PREFERRED WAYS OF EXERCISING POLICE DISCRETION BY CONFLICTING ORGANIZATIONAL AND SELF-INTEREST GOALS; AND (2) REINFORCEMENT DEVICES ARE NEEDED TO INSURE THAT THE POLICE EXERCISE THEIR DISCRETION ALONG PREFERRED LINES. THE PORTION OF THE MODEL DEVELOPED FROM THE FIRST ASSUMPTION, CONTAINING THE ELEMENTS PUBLIC POLICY GOALS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PUBLIC INEBRIATE PICKUP AND CONFLICTS AMONG PUBLIC POLICY GOALS, IS DISCUSSED IN THIS PART OF THE ARTICLE. THAT ASPECT OF THE MODEL ROOTED IN THE SECOND ASSUMPTION IS CONSIDERED IN PART TWO OF THE ARTICLE (NCJ-51353). ALTERNATIVE GOALS FOR THE HANDLING OF PUBLIC INEBRIATES ARE OUTLINED UNDER THE CATEGORIES OF PUBLIC POLICY GOALS, ORGANIZATIONAL GOALS, AND INDIVIDUAL OR SELF-INTEREST GOALS. ALTERNATIVE GOALS IN THE CATEGORY OF PUBLIC POLICY GOALS ARE DISCUSSED IN DETAIL. THEY INCLUDE DEALING WITH A PUBLIC NUISANCE BY CLEARING THE STREETS; MINIMIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESOURCES; MORE HUMANE HANDLING OF PUBLIC INEBRIATES; IMPROVING LONG-TERM REHABILITATION OF PUBLIC INEBRIATES; AND PREVENTING CRIME BY AND AGAINST PUBLIC INEBRIATES. TWO MAJOR SOURCES OF CONFLICTS AMONG PUBLIC POLICY OBJECTIVES ARE IDENTIFIED: (1) TRADITIONAL ORDER MAINTENANCE VERSUS DECRIMINALIZATION GOALS, AND (2) ANTAGONISM BETWEEN ALTERNATIVE GOALS OF DECRIMINALIZATION. VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THESE SOURCES OF CONFLICT ARE IDENTIFIED AND DISCUSSED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Drunkenness; Models; Police discretion; Policy analysis
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