Crime and Public Policy

Michael Tonry

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Public Policy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199844654
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbook in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Crime and Public Policy

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This introduction to the book starts by defining crime. It explains that cross-national agreement about what should and should not be considered as criminal is narrower than is sometimes recognized. Examples are given of various acts that are regarded as criminal in some countries but not others. Crime and its control raises many instrumental, expressive, emotional, and moral issues, the text states. The layout of the book is outlined and some noncontroversial conclusions are offered. Next this introductory text looks at broad public policy approaches for dealing with crime: criminal law enforcement, prevention, harm reduction, regulation, decriminalization, and nonintervention. Next rates and trends are detailed and the costs associated are analysed. Finally this introductory section of the book looks at choosing the right policies.

Keywords: crime; crime control; public policy approaches; criminal law enforcement; harm reduction; prevention; regulation; decriminalization; nonintervention; rates and trends

Article.  8381 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Crime Prevention

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