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American Criminal Justice Policy : An Evaluation Approach to Increasing Accountability and Effectiveness

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780521746236

ISBN10:
052174623X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
4/12/2010
Publisher(s):
Cambridge University Press
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Summary

American Criminal Justice Policy examines many of the most prominent criminal justice policies on the American landscape and finds that they fall well short of achieving the accountability and effectiveness that policymakers have advocated and that the public expects. The policies include mass incarceration, sex offender laws, supermax prisons, faith-based prisoner reentry programs, transfer of juveniles to adult court, domestic violence mandatory arrest laws, drug courts, gun laws, community policing, private prisons, and others. Optimistically, Daniel P. Mears argues that this situation can be changed through systematic incorporation of evaluation research into policy development, monitoring, and assessment. To this end, the book provides a clear and accessible discussion of five types of evaluation - needs, theory, implementation or process, outcome and impact, and cost-efficiency. It identifies how these can be used both to hold the criminal justice system accountable and to increase the effectiveness of crime control and crime prevention efforts.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Irrational criminal justice policy
A solution for improving criminal justice policy: evaluation research
Needs evaluations
Theory evaluations
Implementation evaluations
Outcome evaluations and impact evaluations
Cost-efficiency evaluations
Conclusion
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