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The Tough-on-Crime Myth : Real Solutions to Cut Crime

Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers
1996/10/01

The Tough-on-Crime Myth : Real Solutions to Cut Crime Overview

The Tough-on-Crime Myth: Real Solutions to Cut Crime persuasively argues that an increasing reliance on prisons, as the primal weapon in fighting crime, has not only proven ineffective but has also increased crime and endangered the public. Peter Elikann, a noted criminal defense attorney and policy analyst, attests that violent criminals certainly should be incarcerated; however, the unprecedented use of prisons to punish first-time nonviolent offenders is severely depleting local and national crime-fighting dollars. According to a recent American Psychological Association study, 94 percent of violent crime-fighting funds is spent, not on prevention, but on punishment - back-end versus front-end spending - which does little to assure frightened citizens of their safety and even less to satisfy the victims and their embittered families. As a cost-effective alternative to incarcerating nonviolent offenders, the author proposes a stringent policy whereby offenders report for a rigorous daily regimen of community service work, job training, rehabilitation, and civic restitution. This alternative suggests - not with regard to the rights or comfort of criminals - that there is a way to lower the rearrest rate at a fraction of the cost of imprisonment, increase public safety, and make more prison space available for violent or repeat offenders. Mr. Elikann arrives at this premise by weaving together available research and listening to those on the frontline of crime-fighting: the police, the prison wardens, and the prosecutors.


The Tough-on-Crime Myth : Real Solutions to Cut Crime Table Of Content

Ch. 1 Introduction and Overview: Do We Really Want to Fight Crime or Just Please the Crowd? 1
Ch. 2 What Police, Prosecutors, and Wardens Think Is the Main Obstacle to Fighting Crime 17
Ch. 3 The Lock-'Em-Up Strategy 31
Ch. 4 Why the Incarceration Explosion? 79
Ch. 5 The Ineffectiveness of Prisons 123
Ch. 6 The War on Drugs: An Expensive Failure That Fuels Crime 161
Ch. 7 Alternatives to Incarceration 197
Ch. 8 What the American People Want 229
Ch. 9 The Death of Conscience 239
Ch. 10 Conclusion: Is There Hope? 265
Notes 273
Index 307


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Elikann, a criminal defense attorney and policy analyst, argues that an increasing reliance on prisons in fighting crime actually increases crime. He shows how long sentences for first-time nonviolent offenders, especially drug offenders, is depleting local and national crime-fighting resources, and advocates community service, job training, drug rehabilitation, and civic restitution as ways to deal with nonviolent offenders. Of interest to general readers, lawyers, politicians, and criminologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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Book Info

  • Book Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9780306454035
  • ISBN-10: 0306454033
  • Number of Pages: 310
  • Dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.23 (d)
  • Approx Price: $1.99
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