“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”



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



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.


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

Cape Up podcasts

I just discovered “Cape Up” podcasts.   I listened to: ‘We think prison is the only way to hold people accountable when they break the law’ and it was terrific.  It was very well done.  Covered a timely and interesting topic.  The guest was excellent.  

This is Johnathon Capehart’s blog

Cape Up ‘We think prison is the only way to hold people accountable when they break the law’

The Podcast is available here.  On one computer I couldn’t play the podcast from the webpage so I had to play it using TuneIn.com (which worked perfectly).  On a different computer the podcast played from the webpage.

NIJ’s 50th Anniversary — Looking Back, Looking Forward

This is an EXCELLENT review of the benefit of the NIJ for the last 50 years

“NIJ’s 50th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on how far the Institute has come, as well as its direction and priorities moving forward. In this Research for the Real World event, panelists will speak to the history and future of the Institute, drawing from decades of experience working for and closely with NIJ. Two Former NIJ Directors will reflect on their days heading the agency and their observations on how the agency has changed over time. Two police chiefs will talk about the importance of research to guide policing and the impact NIJ-funded research has had on their work.”

Link to the VIDEO

Favorite Police & Criminal Justice Websites

What are some of your favorite police or Criminal Justice websites?

National Criminal Justice Reference Service | NCJRS

NCJRS, an Office of Justice Programs resource, offers juvenile and criminal justice information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
— Read on www.ncjrs.gov/

NCJRS is one of my favorites.

The Crime Report

This is one of the best resources of criminal justice information across the US.  There is a subscription fee to have full access to the material.  There is also a student discount.

As part of it’s mission:

The Crime Report (TCR) is the nation’s only comprehensive news service covering the diverse challenges and issues of 21st century criminal justice in the U.S. and abroad.” 


OJJDP News @ a Glance

The OJJDP Newsletter is a bimonthly newsletter from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  It contains information on grants, research, trainings and other topics related to Juvenile Justice.

This is a link to the Newsletter:https://www.ojjdp.gov/newsletter/252069/index.html

Look in the right side column to subscribe to their newsletter


Despite spike in shootings, a Chicago community gets a handle on violence – CSMonitor.com

2016 was Chicago’s most violent year in nearly two decades, with more murders than New York and Los Angeles combined. But the city has made impressive strides toward becoming a safer place – and Englewood is leading the way.
— Read on www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2018/0808/Despite-spike-in-shootings-a-Chicago-community-gets-a-handle-on-violence

This is an nice article about how Englewood has reduced crime and made it safer for the community. Part of the solution is the partnership between the police and the Englewood community.

I would like to see an analysis of Chicago’s crime problem to see what the causes are. That way a menu of crime-fighting strategies can be developed and implemented further attacking the violent crime problem.

That fact that Englewood has made improvements to its crime problem is promising.

Boston PD – Body Worn Cameras

Below are links to 2 articles that report Boston PD’s progress on it’s department wide implementation of body worn cameras.   The last link is to the report on the implantation of BWCs

“In January 2015, the Boston Police Department (BPD) committed to implement a pilot body worn camera (BWC) program for its officers. This pilot was intended to help answer policy questions about how the system would operate if and when fully implemented and to address concerns of officers and community members on the use of the technology. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans committed to a rigorous evaluation of this pilot program.”

– This is an excerpt from the Final Report for the evaluation of the implementation of BWCs.

NPR WBUR radio report on Boston PD Body Worn Cameras

Phys.org article on Boston PD Body Worn Cameras

Here is the link to the study: