Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990 / Edition 1

Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990 / Edition 1

by Samuel Walker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195078209

ISBN-13: 9780195078206

Pub. Date: 05/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

It is a truism that the administration of criminal justice consists of a series of discretionary decisions by police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials. Taming the System is a history of the forty-year effort to control the discretion. It examines the discretion problem from the initial "discovery" of the phenomenon by the American Bar Foundation

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It is a truism that the administration of criminal justice consists of a series of discretionary decisions by police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials. Taming the System is a history of the forty-year effort to control the discretion. It examines the discretion problem from the initial "discovery" of the phenomenon by the American Bar Foundation in the 1950s through to the most recent evaluation research on reform measures. Of enormous value to scholars, reformers, and criminal justice professionals, this book approaches the discretion problem through a detailed examination of four decision points: policing, bail setting, plea bargaining, and sentencing. In a field which largely produces short-ranged "evaluation research," this study, in taking a wider approach, distinguishes between the role of administrative bodies (the police) and evaluates the longer-term trends and the successful reforms in criminal justice history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195078206
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
8.56(w) x 5.81(h) x 0.87(d)
Lexile:
1370L (what's this?)

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