Taming the System The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990

ISBN-10: 0195078209
ISBN-13: 9780195078206
Edition: 1993
Authors: Samuel E. Walker
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Book details

List price: $89.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/20/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Since the American Bar Foundation Survey of the Administration of Criminal Justice (1953 - 1969) "discovered" the phenomenon of discretion in criminal justice, it has become something of a truism that the administration of criminal justice in the United States consists of a series of discretionary decisions by officials in regard to police discretion, bail, plea bargaining and sentencing. This book is a history of the attempts over the past forty years to control these discretionary powers in the criminal justice system. Walker brings together an enormous literature in a synthesis that will be of great value to professionals, reformers and students of the criminal justice system. In a field which largely produces short-ranged "evaluation research", this study, in taking a wider approach, distinguishes between the role of the courts and the role of administrative bodies (the police) and evaluates the longer-term trends and the successful reforms in criminal justice history.

Jorie Graham is the author of 12 collections, including The Dream of the Unified Field which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches at Harvard University.Samuel Walker is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After retiring in 2005 he has continued his research, writing and consulting on police accountability, citizen oversight of the police, early intervention systems for police officers, and civil liberties. Professor Walker is the author of 14 books, which have appeared in 33 different editions. His most recent book is Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama (2012). His other books include The Police in America: An Introduction [with Charles M. Katz] (8th ed., 2013), nbsp;Police Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight (2001), Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990 (1993), Sense and Nonsense About Crime (7th ed., 2011), The Color of Justice: Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America (with C. Spohn & M. DeLone) (5th ed., 2003), and In Defense of American Liberties: A History of the ACLU (2nd ed., 2000). He is the author of Early Intervention Systems for Law Enforcement Agencies: A Planning and Management Guide (2003), published by the COPS Office of the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Walker has served as a consultant to the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and to police departments, local governments and community groups in over 35 cities and counties across the country on different police issues.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Discretion and Its Discontents
Police Discretion
Conclusions
The Two Bail Reform Movements
Conclusions
The Plea-Bargaining Problem
Conclusions
Sentencing Reform
Conclusions
A System Tamed? an Interim Report on the Control of Discretion
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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