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Title: Impact of Proposition 13 on Local Criminal Justice Agencies Emerging Patterns (From Crime and Criminal Justice in a Declining Economy, P 173-227, 1981, Kevin N Wright, ed. - See NCJ-84138)
Author(s): W E Walker; J M Chaiken; A P Jiga; S S Polin
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 55
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Oelgeschlager, Gunn and Hain Publishers, Inc
Boston, MA 02116
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-NI-AX-0155
Sale Source: Oelgeschlager, Gunn and Hain Publishers, Inc
131 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The impact of Proposition 13, mandating property tax cuts for local jurisdictions in California, has included changes in the goals and objectives of the criminal justice system and an overall drop in the quality of justice.
Abstract: The four primary counties and two secondary counties selected for study were expected to display a wide range of representative responses to property tax limitation. Overall, the jurisdictions were characterized by (1) attempts to apply short-term solutions to long-term problems; (2) an exodus of some of the best people from local government, a lowered sense of dedication and reduced morale among those remaining, and increased difficulties in attracting high quality replacements; (3) a growing influence of the State and Federal governments over local government activities; (4) a growing conflict between local government autonomy and the mandates and dictates of higher level governments; and (5) changes in the goals and objectives of the criminal justice system. The criminal justice systems represented have become harsher. There are fewer opportunities for meaningful probation supervision or treatment in a correctional facility, and much larger numbers of offenders are being imprisoned. Prisons are overcrowded and plagued with violence. Priorities for policing and prosecution must be set, which means that many offenses are not investigated or prosecuted. A total of 48 references and 25 notes are provided.
Index Term(s): California; Impact prediction; Local government; Voter mandated tax cuts
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