The Origins And Development Of Federal Crime Control Policy

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This is the first comprehensive account of President Herbert Hoover's policies to reform federal criminal justice administration. Beginning with the first words in his inaugural address, Hoover informed the public that a high priority of his administration would be to insist upon reorganization, qualitative improvement, new efficiencies, and formal study of justice system organizations in the federal system. Calder examines Hoover's background and affinity for justice system reform, the campaign trail and crime ...

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive account of President Herbert Hoover's policies to reform federal criminal justice administration. Beginning with the first words in his inaugural address, Hoover informed the public that a high priority of his administration would be to insist upon reorganization, qualitative improvement, new efficiencies, and formal study of justice system organizations in the federal system. Calder examines Hoover's background and affinity for justice system reform, the campaign trail and crime control issues of 1928 and 1929, intellectual and practitioner resources, the Wickersham Commission, and the reforms of the federal law enforcement, court, and prison systems.

Drawing upon extensive primary source collections, this book provides a thorough examination of the Hoover initiatives and assesses their impact on later federal policy. It will be of considerable interest to political scientists, social historians, and those involved in criminal justice programs.

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Calder (criminal justice, U. of Texas) argues that the current expectation that the US government will take a large role in law enforcement, can be traced to the presidency of Herbert Hoover, 1929-33. At that point, he says, there was a conjunction of three factors: stress on a judicial system trying to enforce Prohibition; the proliferation of social scientists eager to try out their new theories; and a president receptive to them and committed to reform. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275942847
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1993
  • Pages: 328
  • Lexile: 1650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES D. CALDER is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Social and Policy Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Hoover's Mark on Federal Justice Policy 1
2 From Campaign to Crash: The Honeymoon 25
3 Intellectual Resources for New Policy Initiatives 51
4 Scientific Investigation: The Wickersham Commission 77
5 Reforming Federal Cops and Courts 103
6 Al Capone and the Campaign against Organized Crime 129
7 Federal Prison Reforms 157
8 Marginal Concerns: Lynching, Massie, Pardons, Lindbergh, and Bonus Army 183
9 March 4, 1933: Report Card on Crime and Justice Reforms 209
Notes 221
Bibliography 281
Index 305
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