Criminal Justice Policy

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Criminal Justice Policy

Literature Review on Criminal Justice Policy

In the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, [1] Barbara Sims offers the following summary about the topic of Criminal Justice Policy: As is the case with any public agency, criminal justice agencies must constantly struggle on two major fronts. First, they must contend with a public that has become increasingly more concerned about crime and wants something done about it. Second, they must walk through political minefields when attempting any approach to the crime problem. The result is that more often than not, crime policies are based on knee-jerk reactions to the more celebrated cases (O.J. Simpson, Willie Horton, etc.) as opposed to careful projections about the consequences of actions taken. It is those cases, after all, that are in the public eye, and as such, are closely paid attention to by the people elected to serve them.


Notes and References

  1. Entry about Criminal Justice Policy in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (2015, Routledge, Oxford, United Kingdom)

See Also

Further Reading

  • Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (2018, Springer International Publishing, Germany)

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