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The Criminal Justice System

He writes that in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson ordered the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice "to investigate the causes and nature of crime" and to make recommendations about how to deal with the problem of crime (Reiman, 17). In 1967, the thick report was delivered to the President, but, "because we are a nation higher on commissions than commitments" the report did not generate any heat and no serious changes have occurred in the criminal justice system since that time (Reiman, 17). This is one example of how our government spends money talking about fighting crime but not making any real changes to prevent it.

Reiman notes that during last 30 years, more than four billion dollars was spent annually for police, courts, and correctional facilities to fight crime. And, author Reiman estimates more than 74 billion dollars has been spent between 1965 and 1990. So, during this period there was a 360 percent increase in criminal justice spending and yet crime rates rose dramatically (from 4,710,000 crimes a year in the U.S. in 1965 to 14,872,883 crimes a year by 1990) (Reiman, 17). Thus is seems like there is no correlation between the amount of money the government pours into programs that are supposed to reduce crime but are not really effective. Overall, Reiman believes that there are policies which the government could use to reduce crime and tha


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