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NCJ Number: 97462 Find in a Library
Title: American Violence and Public Policy
Editor(s): L A Curtis
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 253
Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
Yale University Press
New Haven, CT 06520
Sale Source: Yale University Press
92a Yale Station
New Haven, CT 06520
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Nine papers, many written by scholars associated with the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, examine the incidence of violence in the 15 years since the 1969 commission report and make policy recommendations.
Abstract: A discussion of the extent and character of violent crime in the last 13 years notes that the rate of violent crime has increased in the United States and that the Nation's rate is extremely high when compared with similar nations. An analysis of public policies to deal with violent crime argues that both the recent trend toward increased incarceration and the liberal policies of preceding years have failed. It recommends strategies that will focus on the individual, the family, and the social reconstruction of the community. The disproportionate level of crime and violence among black Americans is examined in the context of the history of the black experience and the negative consequences for blacks of public policies and attitudes. A discussion of public policy toward crime prevention emphasizes the need for citizen involvement as the central element. The role of national commissions in suggesting public policies to address criminal violence is explored. Trends in the ownership and use of guns since the late 1960's are described, with emphasis on public attitudes and policy implications. Factors contributing to the decline in collective violence since the 1960's and to the likelihood of renewed collective violence in the future are discussed. The need for increased attention to the problem of terrorism is explained. A concluding article recommends public policies that focus on strengthening extended families and increasing employment among minority youths, and helping indigenous inner-city organizations take the lead in reducing crime and fear of crime. The limitations of the criminal justice system in preventing violence are also discussed. Chapter reference lists, an appendix presenting data tables, biographies of contributors, and an index are supplied.
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Collective violence; Commission reports; Counter-terrorism tactics; Crime specific countermeasures; Criminal justice system policy; Domestic terrorism; Gun control legislation; International terrorism; National Commission on Violence; Research uses in policymaking; Violence causes; Violent crimes
Note: An update of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence.
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