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NCJ Number: 63178 Find in a Library
Title: CHALLENGES AND ALTERNATIVES TO THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Corporate Author: UMI Dissertation Services
United States of America
Editor(s): A D CALVIN
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 100
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM ARE EXPLORED BY PARTICIPANTS IN A LAW DAY CONFERENCE SPONSORED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO.
Abstract: IN ATTENDANCE WERE LAWYERS AND LEGAL SCHOLARS, EDUCATORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, AND GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES. SUBJECTS UNDER DISCUSSION INCLUDED THE REVISION OF THE PRESENT PENAL CODE AND THE PROPOSED CODE, SENATE BILL 1437; THE FAILURE OF IMPRISONMENT TO DETER OR TO REHABILITATE; THE ELITISM OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND THE LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM BY THE NONLEGAL ELEMENTS IN SOCIETY; AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM'S LACK OF CONCERN FOR VICTIMS. SPEAKERS NOTED THE TENDENCY OF CERTAIN MINORITY GROUPS TO BE DISPROPORTIONATELY REPRESENTED IN PRISON POPULATIONS AND QUESTIONED THE EQUALITY OF ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS, AS WELL AS THE SUCCESS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY IN PROVIDING A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL TYPES OF YOUTHS THAT WOULD NOURISH THEIR DEVELOPMENT INTO WHOLESOME AND LAWABIDING ADULTS. OTHER POINTS INTRODUCED WERE THE COMPLEXITY AND BREADTH OF CRIMINAL LAW WHICH APPEARS TO ENCOMPASS AN OVERLY WIDE RANGE OF ACTIONS AND BEHAVIOR--OVER 300,000 ACTS CAN BE LEGALLY REGARDED AS FELONIES OR MISDEMEANORS; THE NEED FOR INSTILLING A SENSE OF SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY IN CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY THROUGH EDUCATION AT AN EARLY AGE ABOUT NORMS, SOCIAL LAWS AND THEIR MEANING, AND LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM; THE PRIVATE SECTOR'S ROLE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; AND ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF CAUSING JUSTICE (E.G., NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE CENTERS), AND OF DEALING WITH OFFENDERS (E.G., DIVERSION, RETRIBUTION, COMMUNITY-BASED ALTERNATIVES). (PRG)
Index Term(s): Adult felony system; Alternatives to institutionalization; Black/African Americans; Criminal codes; Criminal justice system reform; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Mexican Americans; Neighborhood justice centers; Private sector civic involvement; United States of America
Note: LAW DAY CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO, 1978 MONOGRAPH PUBLISHING - SPONSOR SERIES
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