Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Crime Control Model
The Crime Control Model is one of two opposing models (the other being the Due Process Model) developed by American legal scholar Herbert L. Packer (1925–1972) that have played a major role in shaping and guiding the ongoing policy debate regarding the criminal process over the past thirty-five years. Packer's models, which were originally published in l964 and which form the centerpiece of his book The Limits of Criminal Sanction (1968), constitute two interrelated value systems representing normative polarities that drive the operation of the criminal process —a term that “stands for all the complexes of activity that operate to bring the substantive law of crime to bear (or keep it from coming to bear) on persons who are suspected of having committed crimes” (Packer 1968: 149). Packer's models organize and simplify the complexities presented by the criminal process by describing and analyzing its operation and highlighting trends and themes. ...