Crime and Politics: Big Governments Erratic Campaign for Law and Order by Ted Gest

Crime and Politics: Big Governments Erratic Campaign for Law and Order

byTed Gest

Paperback | March 2, 2005

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Why has America experienced an explosion in crime rates since 1960? Why has the crime rate dropped in recent years? Though politicians are always ready both to take the credit for crime reduction and to exploit grisly headlines for short-term political gain, these questions remain among themost important-and most difficult to answer-in America today. In Crime and Politics, award-winning journalist Ted Gest gives readers the inside story of how crime policy is formulated inside the Washington beltway and state capitols, why we've had cycle after cycle of ineffective federal legislation, and where promising reforms might lead us in thefuture. Gest examines how politicians first made crime a national rather than a local issue, beginning with Lyndon Johnson's crime commission and the landmark anti-crime law of 1968 and continuing right up to such present-day measures as "three strikes" laws, mandatory sentencing, and communitypolicing. Gest exposes a lack of consistent leadership, backroom partisan politics, and the rush to embrace simplistic solutions as the main causes for why Federal and state crime programs have failed to make our streets safe. But he also explores how the media aid and abet this trend by featuringlurid crimes that simultaneously frighten the public and encourage candidates to offer another round of quick-fix solutions. Drawing on extensive research and including interviews with Edwin Meese, Janet Reno, Joseph Biden, Ted Kennedy, and William Webster, Crime and Politics uncovers the real reasons why America continues to struggle with the crime problem and shows how we do a better job in the future.

About The Author

Ted Gest directs the program on crime policy and the news media at the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is president of Criminal Justice Journalists. He also serves as Coordinator of the Council of Presidents of National Journalism Organizations. Previously, he was a senior writer for US News and W...

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Title:Crime and Politics: Big Governments Erratic Campaign for Law and OrderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 5.71 × 8.7 × 0.79 inPublished:March 2, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195165517

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"Gest is a distinguished journalist who has devoted his career to studying both crime and the political machinations it engenders. His book is filled with important insights into the problems of crime and its political battlegrounds. He highlights a number of intelligent approaches for dealingwith both aspects."--Alfred Blumstein, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, National Consortium on Violence Research (NCOVR), Carnegie Mellon University