Crime, Policy, and Criminal Behavior in America

Author: Houston, James
Year:2001
Pages:256
ISBN:0-7734-7661-X
978-0-7734-7661-5
Price:199.95
This study attempts to shed light on the scope of crime and the fact that we have been misled by politicians and the media into thinking that our nation is about to be overrun by criminals. It begins with an overview of crime and discusses the amounts of crime in terms of numbers and rates. The figures do not add up to a crime wave. Succeeding chapters discuss economic considerations. All chapters attempt to acquaint the reader with the criminal justice system and how it works. How to rationally approach crime policy receives a front seat in the final discussion, and the reader is educated on the policy process to be able to work with elected officials and assist in the initiation of effective crime policy.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
1. Crime in America
2. The Economics of Crime
3. The Constitution and the Courts
4. Law Enforcement and the Police
5. The Corrections System
6. Why People Commit Crimes
7. Juvenile Delinquency
8. Citizen Involvement and the Future
Glossary; Author Index; Subject Index