The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Political Science - 182 pages
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According to the Justice Department's National Crime Survey, the crime rate in the United States is lower today than it was when Nixon was in the White House. In spite of this, political leaders demand nationwide prison construction as a response to the "war on drugs" and to accommodate the results of the new "three strikes" law. At the same time, the gap between rich and poor is wider than ever and the needs of the "non-disruptive poor" are being ignored by the economic and political elites to the point of unprecedented homelessness. The author predicts this widening gap will prompt the return of 1960s-style civil turmoil which will lead to the end of the "war on drugs" and the emptying of hundreds of thousands of cells so the protesting poor can be plausibly threatened with incarceration.
 

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Contents

Urban Riots and the Beginning of the New Social Contract
3
The Restoration of Order and the Reduction in Social Provision Poverty in the 1990s
19
The New Homelessness The Reagan Legacy
39
CRIME
55
The Explosion of the Criminal Justice System The Muscle of the New Social Contract
57
The FBIs Dirty Little Secret Lies Damn Lies and Statistics
69
The Media and Public Hysteria about Crime
85
LEGAL CHANGE
103
Assault on the Constitution Penal Code Reform
105
Assault on the Constitution The Death of the Fourth Amendment
119
The End of the War on Drugs
137
CONCLUSION
149
The New Social Contract
151
Bibliography
165
Index
175
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Page 5 - The point is not just that when a relief concession is offered up, peace and order reign; it is, rather, that when peace and order reign, the relief concession is withdrawn. The restoration of work through the relief system, in other words, makes possible the eventual return to the most restrictive phase in the cycle of relief-giving. What begins as a great expansion of direct relief, and then turns into some form of work relief, ends finally with a sharp contraction...
Page 9 - ... obtain it. And the welfare explosion, although an urban phenomenon generally, was greatest in just that handful of large metropolitan counties where the political turmoil of the middle and late 1960s was the most acute.

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JOSEPH DILLON DAVEY is a lawyer, political scientist, and writer of numerous journal articles on public policy. He has taught law, political science, and criminal justice on the undergraduate and graduate level for the past 20 years.

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