Street Crime in America

Archive Report

Crime as a Public and Political Issue

New Administration's Approach to War on Crime

Street crime is the most visible and usually the most violent of the many varieties of crime in the United States. It instills fear in the citizenry and a new uncertainty in politics. Few of the country's domestic problems are as pervasive, as complex, or as difficult to solve. Government is nevertheless expected to take effective action to remedy, or at least alleviate, the situation.

The Gallup polling organization reported toward the end of the 1968 presidential campaign that the “most emotionally charged” issue before the voters was that of crime and disorder in the cities and on college campuses. In this setting, all three leading presidential candidates spoke out strongly for maintenance ...

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