“The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society” 50 years old!!!

There is a great deal of excitement for the 50th year of The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice better known as “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society”.  To get a more complete understanding of the commission and it’s impact on Crime, Justice, and Policing I am trying to compile a list of useful resources. 

 

Digital copy of The President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice:  “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society”

This was the smallest digital file I have found, it loads quickly.

This report has been called the guiding document for the modern Criminal Justice System.  It is interesting to hear and read about the committee’s findings and how it influenced the Criminal Justice System.

Link:  https://www.themarshallproject.org/documents/2461070-the-challenge-of-crime-in-a-free-society

 

Below is a list and links to publications and videos that review the recommendations from President Lyndon Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice.    This is a short list I found.  Please feel free to make suggestions for any additional material that would be useful.

 

Symposium 2017 | The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: 50 Years Later

The George Washington Law Review

“This Symposium marks the 50th Anniversary of the report by President Lyndon Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.” Led by Attorney General Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, the Commission compiled comprehensive data on crime in the United States, discussed the salient issues confronting the criminal justice system, and provided recommendations to address these problems.”

“Now, fifty years later, our society continues to face many of the same obstacles to an effective and fair criminal justice system. At a time when there is bipartisan consensus that criminal justice reform is necessary, revisiting “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society” will provide insights into how to address those questions. Inspired by the focus of the report, the Symposium will examine the essential issues of courts and procedure, technology, policing, corrections and sentencing, prosecution, the War on Drugs, and juvenile justice. The focus will be the future of the criminal justice system and what steps can be taken to achieve reform.”

Link:  https://www.gwlr.org/symposia/symposium-2017-the-challenge-of-crime-in-a-free-society-50-years-later/

 

CRIMINOLOGY & Public Policy

May 2018,  Volume 17, Issue 2 pages 261 – 511

“Progress and Prospects—The 50th Anniversary of the 1967 President’s Crime Commission Report in Today’s Criminal Justice Environment”

A series of articles on the progress (or lack of progress) for the President’s Commission on Law Enforcements Administration of Justice.  “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society”

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/17459133/17/2

 

10 year review

Reexamining the President’s Crime Commission “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society after Ten Years”

Article in:  Crime & Delinquency 24(1):1-12 · January 1978 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/001112877802400101

 

30 year review

“The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: Looking Back Looking Forward”

Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice

https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/170029.pdf

 

The 40th Anniversary of the Crime Report

by Thomas E. Feucht, Ph.D., and Edwin Zedlewski, Ph.D.

About the Authors

Dr. Feucht is the deputy director for research and evaluation and Dr. Zedlewski is the associate deputy director for research and evaluation at the National Institute of Justice.

Editor’s Note: More than four decades ago, the President of the United States established the Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice to examine public safety in the United States. An overarching question guided its work: What should be the role of the Federal Government in fighting crime and enhancing public safety? That question remains as important today as it was then. The Commission’s answers form the history, character, and mission of today’s National Institute of Justice and its sister bureaus in the Office of Justice Programs.[1] On the 40th anniversary of the Commission’s seminal report, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society,[2] the Journal asked two of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) most senior researchers to commemorate the leadership and vision of the President’s Crime Commission and to celebrate the accomplishments of NIJ’s State and local criminal justice and research partners.

https://nij.gov/journals/257/Pages/40th-crime-report.aspx

This is a .pdf of the NIJ Journal:  https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/jr000257.pdf

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