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Title: Institutional Response to the Rising Crime Rate in New Jersey
Author(s): J J Degnan; E H Stier; C L Pagano
Corporate Author: New Jersey Attorney General
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 57
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Jersey Attorney General
Trenton, NJ 08625
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: New Jersey's Attorney General discusses how State institutions can more effectively combat street crime in the State and presents recommendations regarding improved police services and the criminal justice process. State crime prevention programs are also described.
Abstract: The report details the need to develop minimum statewide police training, performance, and entry standards and suggests the need to specifically empower the attorney general with limited authority to intervene when necessary to guarantee the delivery of an appropriate level of basic police services to a community. It proposes, among other measures, the idea of waivers on funding limitations for police to ensure the adequate delivery of police protection. The report also discusses the concept of a State Police Metro Task Force, which would involve a limited assignment of State Police personnel, after consultation with municipal authorities, to high-crime urban areas in situations where State resources can effectively complement local efforts. Finally, numerous programs established to reduce street crime in the State are described, with attention to Newark's Robbery Prevention/Investigations Project and Essex County's Career Criminal Program. Other programs and recommendations addressing the need for speedy trials; aid to victims/witnesses; sentencing and parole problems; private security needs; and reforms in the juvenile justice system, corrections, and the medical examiner system are discussed.
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; New Jersey; Police reform; State plans; Street crimes
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