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The Sounds Of Silence: American Criminal Justice Policy In Election Year 2008, Frank O. Bowman Iii Jul 2008

The Sounds Of Silence: American Criminal Justice Policy In Election Year 2008, Frank O. Bowman Iii

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One of the striking features of the 2008 election cycle has been the absence of crime as a national political issue. Nobody has declared metaphorical war on any type of crime, run an ad about the depredations of a parolee, or even promised 100,000 cops. It may simply be that for a country embroiled in two nonmetaphorical foreign wars and deeply nervous about the state of the economy, crime is a second-order concern. It could be that the big drop in crime of all types throughout the 1990s has made the issue seem less pressing. Whatever the explanation, things are …