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The Origins and Development of Federal Crime Control Policy Herbert Hoover's Initiatives by James D. Calder, George H. Nash

The Origins and Development of Federal Crime Control Policy Herbert Hoover's Initiatives



The Origins and Development of Federal Crime Control Policy Herbert Hoover's Initiatives by James D. Calder, George H. Nash

This is the first comprehensive account of President Herbert Hoover's policies to reform federal criminal justice administration. Beginning with the first words in his inaugural address, Hoover informed the public that a high priority of his administration would be to insist upon reorganization, qualitative improvement, new efficiencies, and formal study of justice system organizations in the federal system. Calder examines Hoover's background and affinity for justice system reform, the campaign trail and crime control issues of 1928 and 1929, intellectual and practitioner resources, the Wickersham Commission, and the reforms of the federal law enforcement, court, and prison systems. Drawing upon extensive primary source collections, this book provides a thorough examination of the Hoover initiatives and assesses their impact on later federal policy. It will be of considerable interest to political scientists, social historians, and those involved in criminal justice programs.


.,. a valuable perspective on the Hoover administration that should be seriously considered by historians and students interested in federal crime control initiatives. -The Journal of American History

About the Author

JAMES D. CALDER is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Social and Policy Sciences, The University of Texas at San Antonio. He has published extensively in the Journal of Criminal Justice, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Crime, Law and Social Change, and other scholarly journals.

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Publication date

30th August 1993


James D. Calder, George H. Nash

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Praeger Publishers Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO


328 pages


Crime & criminology
Private / Civil law: general works
Central government policies
Criminal law & procedure
Social & cultural history
Jurisprudence & general issues



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