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NCJ Number: 66190 Find in a Library
Title: RESPONSIBILITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND JUSTICE (FROM INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS AND THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES - INTERAGENCY WORKSHOP - PROCEEDINGS - ANNUAL, 13TH HOUSTON (TX), - 1978 - SEE NCJ-66183)
Author(s): D N BROSNAN
Corporate Author: Sam Houston State University
Criminal Justice Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77340
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE IMPORTANCE OF CITIZEN INTEGRITY AND INVOLVEMENT IN COMBATING CRIME IS DISCUSSED, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO TEXAS CORRECTIONS.
Abstract: IF SOCIAL CONTROL IS TO BE EFFECTIVE IN A COMMUNITY, INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS MUST ACT WITH AN INTEGRITY AND COMMITMENT TO LAWFUL BEHAVIOR THAT REINFORCES THE INTENT OF THE LAW. THE BUYING OF GOODS WHICH LOGIC DICTATES TO BE STOLEN IS AN EXAMPLE OF CITIZEN BEHAVIOR THAT CONTRIBUTES TO CRIME'S PROFITABILITY. DISCRIMINATION TOWARD RACIAL AND ETHNIC GROUPS THAT CONTRIBUTES TO DEBILITATING SOCIOECONOMIC AND CRIMINOGENIC CONDITIONS FOR DISCRIMINATION'S VICTIMS IS ANOTHER FORM OF CITIZEN CONTRIBUTION TO CRIME. THE FAILURE TO IMPACT ISSUES OF INJUSTICE BY NEGLECTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS ALSO A CITIZEN FAULT THAT AFFECTS ISSUES OF SOCIAL CONTROL. PREVALENT CITIZEN CRITICISM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE AGENCIES FOR FAILING TO GUARANTEE CITIZEN SAFETY IS FREQUENTLY SCAPEGOATING BY PASSIVE CITIZENS WHO DO LITTLE TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THAT OF THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS. RECENTLY, THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE ESTABLISHED THE TEXAS ADULT PROBATION COMMISSION. ONE OF ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO INCREASE AND IMPROVE CITIZENS' INVOLVEMENT AND PRIDE IN PROBATION AND OTHER COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS. THIS IS A RECOGNITION THAT COMMUNITY COMMITMENT TO PARTICULAR CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS AND THE OVERALL AIM OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS CRUCIAL TO IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF COMMUNITY LIFE. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community support; Probation; Texas
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