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Myths That Cause Crime.

P. Jesilow, Hal.
June 4, 2015

Source: (1985) Cabin John, MD: Seven Locks, 170p.

This essay by two criminologists attempts to disprove the following ten “myths” in American crime policy: crime is increasing; most crime is committed by the poor; some groups are more law-abiding than others; white collar crime is nonviolent; regulatory agencies prevent white collar crime; rich and poor are equal before the law; drug addiction causes crime; community corrections is a viable alternative to prison; the punishment can fit the crime; and, law makes people behave. In contrast to legal control of criminal behavior, it is argued that the key to success in managing the crime problem is governmental investment in businesses and programs best suited to producing social peace and welfare in American communities.


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