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Crime and Politics: Big Government's Erratic Campaign for Law and Order

Ted Gest


The crime rate in the US has exploded since 1960. Despite decreases in recent years, reported violence in 2001 exceeded the levels of the late 1970s. Government at all levels has tried to address the crime problem, with mixed success. Police forces that formerly focused on patrol cars’ responding to citizen calls embraced the proactive approach of community policing; courts set up specialized branches, hearing cases relating to narcotics, guns, and domestic violence; criminal sentences sharply increased, filling prisons and jails with more than 2 million people. Yet, crime rates continue to ri ... More

Keywords: Congress, crime, guns, juvenile crime, law enforcement, narcotics, police, prisons, United States, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195103434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195103432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ted Gest, author
University of Pennsylvania
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