Criminal Justice at the Crossroads

Criminal Justice at the Crossroads

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Over the past forty years, the criminal justice system in the United States has engaged in a very expensive policy failure, attempting to punish its way to public safety, with dismal results. So-called A’tough on crimeA“ policies have not only failed to effectively reduce crime, recidivism, and victimization but also created an incredibly inefficient system that routinely fails the public, taxpayers, crime victims, criminal offenders, their families, and their communities. Strategies that focus on behavior change are much more productive and cost effective for reducing crime than punishment, and in this book, William R. Kelly discusses the policy, process, and funding innovations and priorities that the United States needs to effectively reduce crime, recidivism, victimization, and cost. He recommends proactive, evidence-based interventions to address criminogenic behavior; collaborative decision making from a variety of professions and disciplines; and a focus on innovative alternatives to incarceration, such as problem-solving courts and probation. Students, professionals, and policy makers alike will find in this comprehensive text a bracing discussion of how our criminal justice system became broken and the best strategies by which to fix it.Transforming Crime and Punishment William R. Kelly ... Which of these are more and less important in reducing recidivism is a question that science is unable to answer with precision at this time. ... A problem-solving approach is one based on enhanced, accurate information (risk and needs); a focus on individuals and individual ... One of the more comprehensive such analyses was conducted by Aos, Miller and Drake (2006b) at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.


Title:Criminal Justice at the Crossroads
Author: William R. Kelly
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2015-05-19
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