The Honest Politician's Guide to Crime Control
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Honest Politician's Guide to Crime Control by Norval Morris
Book DescriptionNorval Morris and Gordon Hawkins's first premise is that our criminal justice system is a moral busybody, unwisely extended beyond its proper role of protecting persons and property. But they go further and systematically cover the amount, costs, causes, and victims of crime: the reduction of violence; the police; corrections; juvenile delinquency; the function of psychiatry in crime control; organized crime; and the uses of criminological research. On each topic precise recommendations are made and carefully defended.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226539027
(226mm x 151mm x 17mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1972
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Norval Morris
Maconochie's Gentlemen, Paperback (September 2003)
In 1840, Alexander Maconochie, a retired naval captain, became superintendent of two thousand twice-convicted prisoners on Norfolk Island, a thousand miles off the coast of Australia. He transformed the brutal convict settlements into a controlled, stable, and productive environment. This book offers an account of this pioneer in penal reform.
Oxford History of the Prison, Paperback (February 1998)
This volume provides an informative account of the growth and development of the prison in Western society, from classical times to the present day. Specialists in social, legal, and institutional history explore the complex history of the prison and the social world of inmates and their keepers.
Brothel Boy and Other Parables of the Law, Paperback (November 1994)
A work of imaginative sympathy that reconstructs George Orwell's life as a Burmese policeman and magistrate, treating his moral dilemmas as a filter through which to pose questions of justice both universal and contemporary. Morris follows each story with an analysis of the legal and moral issues presented.
Between Prison and Probation, Paperback (September 1991)» View all books by Norval Morris
Across the country prisons are jammed to capacity, and in extreme cases, barges and mobile homes are used to stem the overflow. Probation officers in some cities have caseloads of 200 and more. In Between Prison and Probation, Norval Morris and Michael Tonry offer a strategy for alleviating these problems.
US Kirkus Review » Assuming dictatorial power over criminal law and police procedures, Morris and Hawkins tell it like it ought to be, ticking off unambiguous "ukases" on the purposes, processes, and practical operations of the criminal justice system, then defending them piece by piece with cool, hard logic. Central to their cure is a more compact conception of crime: "We must strip off the moralistic excrescences" of the criminal law to "concentrate on the essential" - namely, the protection of persons and property. This massive reappraisal would remove from the overextended purview of the public prosecutor such activities as drunkenness, narcotics and drug abuse, gambling, disorderly conduct and vagrancy, abortion, sexual behavior between consenting adults, and "juvenile delinquency" (re behavior which would not be criminal for an adult), thus relieving overtaxed policemen, courts, and correctional agencies of more than half their burden (and breaking the Underworld monopoly on a lot of lucrative business). With the ground cleared for action along more modest and realistic lines, the authors proceed with further bold proposals for restructuring and reform, including, of course, an extensive upgrading of the police role. They're big on gun control, down on capital punishment, and think organized crime is largely a myth. A guide with much good sense, but how many honest politicians are there, anyway? (Kirkus Reviews)
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