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Less Law, More Order The Truth about Reducing Crime

ISBN-10: 027599077X

ISBN-13: 9780275990770

Edition: 2006

Authors: Irvin Waller

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Each year 24 million Americans are victims of crime. U.S. taxpayers spend more and more each year on police, prisons and judges--a record $200 billion at last count. They incarcerate more and more persons each year--two million plus. Yet prestigious commissions show not only that this standard way of responding to crime is ineffective but that there is scientific proof that many projects that tackle risk factors that cause crime are effective. Rather than sending more people to jail or hiring more and more police, the author, and the research, shows that addressing problems in the community does more to prevent crime. This timely book illustrates in convincing detail what needs to be done to prevent crime and keep people out of prison. Here, Waller shows that hiring public health nurses and investing in helping youth at risk to complete school and get job training is better than hiring more police; preventing family violence, banning hand guns and dealing with drugs through public health saves more lives than incarceration; getting close neighbors to watch out for us and better industrial design are more effective than criminal courts; smarter policing is better than more police; paying for services to support victims and guaranteeing them rights is better than more rhetoric. Addressing the social issues that lead to crime, rather than addressing crime after it happens, or putting stiffer penalties in place, will contribute to creating a safer society and to keeping kids and adults from taking the wrong path toward a life of crime.
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/30/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Truth and Sense, Not Giuliani
Abbreviations
Tough on Crime Is Tough on Us
Pay to Keep Kids from Crime, Not behind Bars
Outlaw Violence, Not Men
Watch Out for Your Own Where Needed
Police Smarter, Not More
Guarantee Justice and Support for Crime Victims
Make Cities Tough on Causes
Shift from "Pay for Law" to "Invest in Order"
Conclusion: Bust Causes, Not Budgets
Notes
Principal Sources
Index