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The Costs of Getting Tough

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

In November 1994, California voters passed Proposition 184, the "three strikes" ballot initiative. The initiative required criminals to receive life sentences for third felony convictions. How has the law been working? According to Hoover fellow and former San Jose chief of police Joseph D. McNamara, not well at all.

Mugged by Reality

by Eugene H. Methvinvia Policy Review
Tuesday, July 1, 1997

We know how to contain the epidemic of crime

One Nation Under God

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Tuesday, July 1, 1997

Joe Loconte on the Christian invasion of a Texas prison

Why Mafias Develop

by Annelise Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Mafias operate in Sicily, the United States, Russia, and elsewhere. Hoover fellow Annelise Anderson examines the economics of organized crime.

How the Mob Rules Russia

by Richard F. Staarvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Responsible sources estimate that two-fifths of the Russian economy is already in the hands of organized crime. Hoover fellow Richard F. Staar explains how the mob runs entire regions of the biggest country on earth-and exerts influence in the Kremlin itself.

The Economic Approach to Fighting Crime

by Guity Nashat, Gary S. Beckervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 30, 1997

Nobel Prize-winner and Hoover fellow Gary S. Becker and Hoover fellow Guity Nashat point out that, like everyone else, criminals respond to incentives.

Laboratories of Democracy

by Suzanne B. Laportevia Policy Review
Saturday, March 1, 1997

Download your local sheriff

Crime and Management

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 30, 1997

Former San Jose, California, chief of police and Hoover fellow Joseph D. McNamara believes that if law enforcement were an industry, the nation's police force would qualify as a "mature organization saddled with a monopoly-minded culture." How McNamara turned the force in San Jose around.

Three Cheers for Three Strikes

by Dan Lungren via Policy Review
Friday, November 1, 1996

California enjoys a record drop in crime

Redd Scare

by Joseph Locontevia Policy Review
Friday, November 1, 1996

A drill sergeant's brilliant assault on juvenile crime

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