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Author Mears, Daniel P., 1966-
Title American criminal justice policy : an evaluation approach to increasing accountability and effectiveness / Daniel P. Mears.
Publication Info. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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 Law Classified  HV6025 .M376 2010    ---  AVAILABLE
Description xi, 321 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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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 many 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. And it identifies how they can be used both to hold the criminal justice system accountable and to increase the effectiveness of crime control and crime prevention efforts."--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-317) and index.
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.
Subject Criminology -- United States.
Justice, Administration of -- United States.
ISBN 9780521762465
0521762464
9780521746236 paperback
052174623X paperback