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When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment
     

When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment

by Mark A. R. Kleiman
 

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ISBN-10: 0691148643

ISBN-13: 9780691148649

Pub. Date: 07/12/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Since the crime explosion of the 1960s, the prison population in the United States has multiplied fivefold, to one prisoner for every hundred adults-a rate unprecedented in American history and unmatched anywhere in the world. Poor people and minorities still bear the brunt of both crime and punishment. When Brute Force Fails explains how we got into this trap, and

Overview

Since the crime explosion of the 1960s, the prison population in the United States has multiplied fivefold, to one prisoner for every hundred adults-a rate unprecedented in American history and unmatched anywhere in the world. Poor people and minorities still bear the brunt of both crime and punishment. When Brute Force Fails explains how we got into this trap, and how we can cut both crime and the prison population in half within a decade.

Mark Kleiman describes the recent revolution-largely unnoticed by the press-in controlling crime by means other than brute-force incarceration. As Kleiman shows, "zero tolerance" is nonsense: there are always more offenses than there is punishment capacity. But it is possible-and essential-to create focused zero tolerance for offenders on probation and parole, by clearly specifying the rules and then delivering the promised sanctions every time the rules are broken.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148649
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
427,339
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment 1

1 The Trap 8

2 Thinking about Crime Control 16

3 Hope 34

4 Tipping, Dynamic Concentration, and the Logic of Deterrence 49

5 Crime Despite Punishment 68

6 Designing Enforcement Strategies 86

7 Crime Control without Punishment 117

8 Guns and Gun Control 136

9 Drug Policy for Crime Control 149

10 What Could Go Wrong? 164

11 An Agenda for Crime Control 175

Notes 191

Bibliography 207

Index 227

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