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The development of crime policy in the United States for many generations has been hampered by a drastic shortage of knowledge and data, an excess of partisanship and instinctual responses, and a one-way tendency to expand the criminal justice system. Even if a three-decade pattern of prison growth came to a full stop in the early 2000s, the current decade will be by far the most punitive in U.S. history, hitting some minority communities particularly hard.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674021068
ISBN-10: 0674021061
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 146mm x 23mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Henry S. Ruth

Henry Ruth has served in many criminal justice roles, including the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, the Deputy Attorney General's Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, and President Lyndon Johnson's National Crime Commission. Kevin R. Reitz is Professor of Law, University of Colorado.