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Title:
Minimizing harm : a new crime policy for modern America
Author:
Rubin, Edward L., 1948-
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
x, 212 pages ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction: minimizing harm as a solution to the crime policy conundrum / Edward L. Rubin -- Public attitudes toward crime: is American violence a crime problem? / Franklin E. Zimring and Gordon Hawkins -- Comment: when and for whom is violence a crime problem? / Albert J. Reiss Jr. -- Comment: crime, violence, and public mythology / Robert Weisberg -- Prevention: the cost-effectiveness of early intervention as a strategy for reducing violent crime / Peter W. Greenwood -- Comment: early intervention: promising path to cost-effective crime control, or primrose path to wasteful social spending? / Mark H. Moore -- Comment: can we afford to prevent violence? Can we afford not to? / John B. Reid and J. Mark Eddy -- Alternative sanctions: diverting nonviolent prisoners to intermediate sanctions: the impact on prison admissions and corrections costs / Joan Petersilia -- Comment: net repairing: rethinking incarceration and intermediate sanctions / John J. DiIulio Jr. -- Comment: intermediate punishments / Norval Morris -- Drug policy: drug enforcement, violent crime, and the minimalization of harm / Jerome Skolnick -- Comment: the ambiguities of harm reduction in crime and drug policy / Mark A.R. Kleiman -- Comment: breaking the impasse in American drug policy / Robert J. MacCoun.
Reading Level:
1480 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780813335360

9780813368047
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Book

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Research suggests that crime prevention is generally more effective than harsh punishment. But the public fears victimization and demands punishment for the perpetrators of its fears. Consequently, any policy that moves toward prevention, treatment, and alternative modes of punishment must simultaneously move toward reducing the level of victimization in a direct and readily comprehensible manner. The fifteen authors of this volume articulate a pragmatic crime policy for America which combines academic insights about crime prevention with the realities of contemporary politics. The studies collectively outline a coherent policy that centers on "minimizing harm," as opposed to retribution, eliminating crime, or solving the social problems that generate criminal behavior. Minimizing harm implies a compromise between the best current research and the concerns of citizens. The book consists of four principal studies focusing on public attitudes toward crime, prevention, alternative sanctions, and drug policy. Each study is accompanied by two commentaries.


Summary

Research suggests that crime prevention is generally more effective than harsh punishment. But the public fears victimization and demands punishment for the perpetrators of its fears. Consequently, any policy that moves toward prevention, treatment, and alternative modes of punishment must simultaneously move toward reducing the level of victimization in a direct and readily comprehensible manner. The fifteen authors of this volume articulate a pragmatic crime policy for America which combines academic insights about crime prevention with the realities of contemporary politics. The studies collectively outline a coherent policy that centers on ?minimizing harm,? as opposed to retribution, eliminating crime, or solving the social problems that generate criminal behavior. Minimizing harm implies a compromise between the best current research and the concerns of citizens. The book consists of four principal studies focusing on public attitudes toward crime, prevention, alternative sanctions, and drug policy. Each study is accompanied by two commentaries.


Author Notes

Edward L. Rubin is professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley.


Edward L. Rubin is professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley.


Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 Introduction: Minimizing Harm as a Solution to the Crime Policy Conundrump. 1
Referencesp. 32
2 Public Attitudes Toward Crimep. 35
Referencesp. 57
Referencesp. 61
Notesp. 66
3 Preventionp. 67
Referencesp. 86
Referencesp. 112
4 Alternative Sanctionsp. 115
Referencesp. 147
Referencesp. 163
Notesp. 169
5 Drug Policyp. 171
Referencesp. 195
Notesp. 207
Referencesp. 208
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 209
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1 Introduction: Minimizing Harm as a Solution to the Crime Policy Conundrump. 1
Referencesp. 32
2 Public Attitudes Toward Crimep. 35
Referencesp. 57
Referencesp. 61
Notesp. 66
3 Preventionp. 67
Referencesp. 86
Referencesp. 112
4 Alternative Sanctionsp. 115
Referencesp. 147
Referencesp. 163
Notesp. 169
5 Drug Policyp. 171
Referencesp. 195
Notesp. 207
Referencesp. 208
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 209