This book represents an effort by a number of leading criminologists to articulate a pragmatic crime policy for America—a policy that combines academic insights about crime prevention with the realities of contemporary politics.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Minimizing Harm as a Solution to the Crime Policy Conundrum -- Public Attitudes Toward Crime -- Comment: When and for Whom Is Violence a Crime Problem? -- Comment: Crime, Violence, and Public Mythology -- Prevention -- Comment: Early Intervention: Promising Path to Cost-Effective Crime Control, or Primrose Path to Wasteful Social Spending? -- Comment: Can We Afford to Prevent Violence? Can We Afford Not To? -- Alternative Sanctions -- Comment: Net Repairing: Rethinking Incarceration and Intermediate Sanctions -- Comment: Intermediate Punishments -- Drug Policy -- Comment: The Ambiguities of Harm Reduction in Crime and Drug Policy -- Comment: Breaking the Impasse in American Drug Policy