The Law And Politics Of Police Discretion

Hardcover | December 1, 1984

byGregory Howard Williams

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"The author, a law professor and former deputy sheriff, discusses the problems attending the extensive discretion given to police officers on the job. The book focuses primarily on the decision to arrest and on the development of the mechanisms to control the discretionary nature of that decision. Convinced that individual prejudices can and do play a part in arrest decisions, Professor Williams evaluates alternatives designed to produce impartial and controlled law enforcement. He concludes that only through the collective efforts of the police, state and local government officials, and the judiciary can effective guidelines be formulated and implemented." Harvard Law Review

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"The author, a law professor and former deputy sheriff, discusses the problems attending the extensive discretion given to police officers on the job. The book focuses primarily on the decision to arrest and on the development of the mechanisms to control the discretionary nature of that decision. Convinced that individual prejudices c...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 8.54 × 5.76 × 0.86 inPublished:December 1, 1984Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313240701

ISBN - 13:9780313240706

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?Williams's book examines [control of police behavior] from a legalistic perspective. After an introductory chapter, the author explores constitutional and statutory aspects of control of police behavior. Williams then examines the role that various governmental institutions can potentially play in controlling the police. The books concludes with a chapter on the concept of administrative rule making, viewed by leading experts as the most promising approach to reform. The work is clearly written, well organized, and current ... a valuable contribution to an important subject.?-Choice