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NCJ Number: 99577 Find in a Library
Title: Politics of Crime and Criminal Justice
Editor(s): E S Fairchild; V J Webb
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 159
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This introduction to a series of research papers on legislative politics and the criminal law as well as politics and accountability in criminal justice institutions summarizes the papers and briefly discusses issues related to politics, crime, and the criminal justice system.
Abstract: An overview of issues in politics and crime notes the frustration and dilemmas of political decisionmakers as they confront the intractability of the crime problem and respond to public attitudes toward it. The review of politics and the criminal justice system characterizes the present situation as a postprogressive era, which involves a backlash against the reforms of the progressive period in American life and politics. The summary of the papers contains brief comments on those in each of the volume's subject categories: crime and politics, legislative politics and the criminal law, and politics and accountability in criminal justice institutions. All but one of the papers is based upon field research. The paper on crime and politics notes how both liberal and conservative politicians in the 1960's and 1970's failed to conceptualize the crime problem in a way that would address criminal victimizations. Papers on legislative politics and criminal law examine political factors that influence the content of criminal law, and papers pertaining to politics and accountability in criminal justice institutions focus on the impact of political influences on particular aspects of corrections and policing. Chapter references are provided. For individual papers, see NCJ 99578-84.
Index Term(s): Accountability; Crime control policies; Criminal justice research; Criminal justice system policy; Legislation; Political influences
Note: Perspectives in criminal justice 8
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