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Palgrave Macmillan

Federal Government and Criminal Justice

ISBN 9780230337619
Publication Date September 2011
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book provides a description of the responses taken by the federal government to issues revolving around criminal justice. In other words, it looks at what federal actors did to address different crime problems. It includes a description of action taken by the president, Congress, courts, bureaucracies, and interest groups to solve crime. Each chapter focuses on a different problem, such as guns, and shows what the different presidents said about guns, what policies were proposed and/or passed by Congress, any cases heard by the Supreme Court on the issue, how interest groups got involved, and different bureaucracies (such as the FBI).

Nancy E. Marion is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron.

Public Policy
Federalization of Crime
Law Enforcement
Violent Personal Crimes
Domestic Violence
Hate Crimes
Juvenile Offenders
Crimes Against Children
Organized Crime
Homeland Security
Regulatory Offenses


"There is a growing body of literature that has begun to look at the Federal role in crime control policy in America, highlighted by a number of authors from varying backgrounds. Marion was at the forefront of this federalization of crime scholarship from the very beginning and she remains one of the leading scholars in this area. She has taken a topic that can be dry and made it very readable and understandable. For those scholars working in the area of crime policy, this will provide an excellent resource for their research and one that they prove beneficial for them to have on their bookshelf." - Willard M. Oliver, Sam Houston State University
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