The Oxford handbook of crime and public policy

Michael Tonry

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The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Public Policy offers a comprehensive examination of crimes as public policy subjects. Much of the scholarly literature and principal books on criminal justice and crime control policy take the operations of the criminal justice system, the causes of crime and delinquency, theories about crime and justice, and crime prevention as the central topics for study and policy analysis. But law enforcement and public officials create policy responses to specific crimes, not broad categories of offenses. In order to develop the most effective policies, one needs to understand why particular crimes occur and what approaches might best prevent them or minimize the harm they cause. Each article in this book explains why crimes happen, how often, and what we know about efforts to prevent or control them. The book presents a wide-ranging overview and analysis of violent and sexual crimes, property crimes, transactional crimes, transnational crimes, and crimes against morality. The crimes investigated range from often-discussed offenses (homicide, auto theft, sexual violence) to those that only recently began to receive attention (child abuse, domestic violence, environmental crimes); it includes new crimes (identity theft, cybercrime) as well as age-old crimes (drug abuse, gambling, prostitution).

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages656
ISBN (Electronic)9780199940264
ISBN (Print)9780199844654
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012

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  • Auto theft
  • Child abuse
  • Cybercrime
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug abuse
  • Environmental crime
  • Gambling
  • Homicide
  • Identity theft
  • Property crime
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual crime
  • Transactional crime
  • Transnational crime
  • Violent crime


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