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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crime in American Life and Politics

The founders [of our nation] would be astounded and alarmed at the level of serious crime in contemporary society. They could not have imagined that crime, and the fear of it, would so dominate people's daily habits and the political life of the nation. By their standards, they would certainly be gravely worried about the fate of the democracy they had worked so hard to establish.

Samuel Walker, Popular Justice: A History of American Criminal Justice, 1998

[I wonder what George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would make of SWAT teams, police tanks, rampant substance abuse, and the mass murder of innocent victims.] 

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