Alternative Justice Social Control Policy for New Emerging Millennium

H. James McGaha, Cleveland Capital University

ABSTRACT
AMERICA'S PRESENT CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (CJS) OUR FORMAL SOCIAL CONTROL ENTITY FOR ADULT CRIME AND VIOLENCE IN SOCIETY IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE. CJS NEITHER CONTROLS CRIME, NOR PROVIDES PUBLIC SAFETY, NOR PROTECTS FROM VICTIMIZATION. OPERATIONALLY CJS EXERTS A CRIMINOGENIC IMPACT UPON SOCIETY. EMPHASIZING APPLICATION OF PUNITIVE STRATEGIES AT THE MICRO LEVEL TO INDIVIDUAL "BAD" ACTORS ENSNARED BY THE SYSTEM CJS CREATES ONLY AN ILLUSION OF EFFECTIVE CRIME CONTROL. MACRO LEVEL ETIOLOGICAL FACTORS ARE IGNORED ALLOWING ADVERSE SOCIETAL CAUSAL CIRCUMSTANCES CONDITIONS TO EXACERBATE. AN ALTERNATIVE NON-VIOLENT, SYSTEMIC CHANGE ORIENTED SOCIOLOGICAL JUSTICE SOCIAL CONTROL POLICY WHICH CONCENTRATES ON ALTERING CAUSAL CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES FACTORS PROACTIVELY TO PRECLUDE EMERGENCE OF CRIME AND VIOLENCEN FOR NEW MILLENNIUM IS PRESENTED

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