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evaluations for The Real War on Crime

This book provides an abundance of in-depth analyses of criminal policies and procedures, and their effects on numerous criminal statistics in the US over the past couple of decades. However, I think a major weakness of this evidence is that it all comes from empirical studies of one population (the US) in a relatively short duration of time. I think it is very difficult to determine what changes in criminal statistics are effects of changes in criminal policy and what changes are are caused by the many other factors that affect crime. Also, it makes no statements on the philosophy of law enforcement, so there's never really a look at the big picture. It never really states what is the desired end, but just jumps straight to evaluations of criminal policies. On the other hand, I suppose that would be far too much material for one book to cover.

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