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The Perils of FederalismRace, Poverty, and the Politics of Crime Control$
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Lisa L. Miller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331684.001.0001

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Contemporary Crime Politics in Congress

Contemporary Crime Politics in Congress

(p.49) Three Contemporary Crime Politics in Congress
The Perils of Federalism

Lisa L. Miller (Contributor Webpage)

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Drawing on three datasets of congressional hearings on crime, this chapter offers a picture of the interest group environment at the national level that is decidedly skewed toward government bureaucracies, particularly criminal justice agents, and narrow, highly mobilized single-issue citizen groups, for example gun rights advocates and opponents, the National Organization for Women, and the American Civil Liberties Union. The interest group environment is highly delocalized in character and voice, with very few groups representing low-income minorities or the urban poor. This chapter pays particular attention to drugs, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, and policing as key crime and justice issues that are of particular importance to those most at risk of victimization and finds that urban minorities are largely absent from these policy debates, replaced by police and prosecutors and narrow single-issue citizen groups.

Keywords:   congress, police, prosecutors, drugs, criminal justice agencies, gun advocates, gun opponents, civil liberties, women, juvenile delinquency

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