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Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990

 
 
 
 
Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950-1990
Author: Samuel Walker
ISBN 13: 9780195078206
ISBN 10: 195078209
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1993-05-20
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208
List Price: $89.00
 
 

It is a truism that the administration of criminal justice consists of a series of discretionary decisions by police, prosecutors, judges, and other officials. Taming the System is a history of the forty-year effort to control the discretion. It examines the discretion problem from the initial "discovery" of the phenomenon by the American Bar Foundation in the 1950s through to the most recent evaluation research on reform measures. Of enormous value to scholars, reformers, and criminal justice professionals, this book approaches the discretion problem through a detailed examination of four decision points: policing, bail setting, plea bargaining, and sentencing. In a field which largely produces short-ranged "evaluation research," this study, in taking a wider approach, distinguishes between the role of administrative bodies (the police) and evaluates the longer-term trends and the successful reforms in criminal justice history.