Source: (1992) BJS: Princeton Project. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics

This essay and review addresses the need for operational goals, objectives and performance measures to replace or supplement the traditional criteria applied to controlling crime and reducing recidivism. A new paradigm is proposed to enhance our general understanding of the workings of the justice system, and to appeal for new concepts and categories of thinking. The framework of American attitudes toward criminal justice is sketched, and the public is urged to assume a more meaningful role in crime prevention and control. A foundation is then laid for objectives and measures derived from the 4 civic ideals identified for criminal justice practices: doing justice, promoting secure communities, restoring crime victims, and promoting non-criminal options.

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