ISBN-10:
0814713270
ISBN-13:
9780814713273
Pub. Date:
08/01/1998
Publisher:
New York University Press
To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice / Edition 1

To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice / Edition 1

by Bruce L. BensonBruce L. Benson
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Overview

Traces the accelerating trend towards privatization in the criminal justice system

In contrast to government's predominant role in criminal justice today, for many centuries crime control was almost entirely private and community-based. Government police forces, prosecutors, courts, and prisons are all recent historical developments–results of a political and bureaucratic social experiment which, Bruce Benson argues, neither protects the innocent nor dispenses justice.

In this comprehensive and timely book, Benson analyzes the accelerating trend toward privatization in the criminal justice system. In so doing, To Serve and Protect challenges and transcends both liberal and conservative policies that have supported government's pervasive role. With lucidity and rigor, he examines the gamut of private-sector input to criminal justice–from private-sector outsourcing of prisons and corrections, security, arbitration to full "private justice" such as business and community-imposed sanctions and citizen crime prevention. Searching for the most cost-effective methods of reducing crime and protecting civil liberties, Benson weighs the benefits and liabilities of various levels of privatization, offering correctives for the current gridlock that will make criminal justice truly accountable to the citizenry and will simultaneously result in reductions in the unchecked power of government.



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ISBN-13: 9780814713273
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 08/01/1998
Series: Political Economy of Austrian School Series , #4
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College. He is the author of Graven Ideologies: Nietzsche, Derrida, and Marion on Modern Idolatry and The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue: A Phenomenology of Music.

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