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NCJ Number: 98601 Find in a Library
Title: Congress and Criminal Justice Policy Making - The Impact of Interest Groups and Symbolic Politics
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(1985)  Pages:307-319
Author(s): B A Stolz
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the congressional criminal justice policy-making process in the United States, using efforts toward federal criminal-code revision and capital punishment as case examples.
Abstract: It examines how interest groups and symbolic politics affect criminal justice policy and thereby attempts to enhance understanding of the political realities of criminal justice policy making. Based on the findings reported here, an approach to criminal justice policy making is recommended. This approach builds on the disjointed incremental model found in the political science literature and should facilitate criminal justice policy makers in becoming more effective participants in the legislative process. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Federal criminal justice system; Lobbying; Policy; Political influences
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