The Challenge of Crime: Rethinking Our Response / Edition 1 by Henry Ruth, Kevin R. Reitz | | 9780674021068 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Challenge of Crime: Rethinking Our Response / Edition 1

The Challenge of Crime: Rethinking Our Response / Edition 1

by Henry Ruth, Kevin R. Reitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674021061

ISBN-13: 9780674021068

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: Harvard

The development of crime policy in the United States for many generations has been hampered by a drastic shortage of knowledge and data, an excess of partisanship and instinctual responses, and a one-way tendency to expand the criminal justice system. Even if a three-decade pattern of prison growth came to a full stop in the early 2000s, the current decade will be

Overview

The development of crime policy in the United States for many generations has been hampered by a drastic shortage of knowledge and data, an excess of partisanship and instinctual responses, and a one-way tendency to expand the criminal justice system. Even if a three-decade pattern of prison growth came to a full stop in the early 2000s, the current decade will be by far the most punitive in U.S. history, hitting some minority communities particularly hard.

The book examines the history, scope, and effects of the revolution in America's response to crime since 1970. Henry Ruth and Kevin Reitz offer a comprehensive, long-term, pragmatic approach to increase public understanding of and find improvements in the nation's response to crime. Concentrating on meaningful areas for change in policing, sentencing, guns, drugs, and juvenile crime, they discuss such topics as new priorities for the use of incarceration; aggressive policing; the war on drugs; the need to switch the gun control debate to a focus on crime gun regulation; a new focus on offenders' transition from confinement to freedom; and the role of private enterprise.

A book that rejects traditional liberal and conservative outlooks, The Challenge of Crime takes a major step in offering new approaches for the nation's responses to crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674021068
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Crime and Punishment: A Brief American History

2. Knowledge and Assessment

3. The Current Era of Crime Response Policy

4. Prisons and Jails

5. Public and Private Paths to Security from Crime

6. Guns, Crime, and Crime Gun Regulation

7. Crime, Alcohol, and Illegal Drugs

8. Juvenile Crime

The Future

Notes

Index

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