Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952514 | Print ISBN: 9780761927310 | Online ISBN: 9781412952514| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act 1994
Linda J. Collier
The most far-reaching piece of legislation intended to combat crime in the 20th century was signed into law on January 25, 1994, by the 103rd Congress of the United States. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, also known as the Crime Control Act, includes provisions and appropriations for policing, community programs, public safety, gun control, mandatory minimum sentencing, drug abuse prevention, prisons, gang programs, programs for juveniles, and domestic violence prevention. The federal government sought to establish an omnibus bill that would not only arrange funds for the improvement of law enforcement methods and institutions but also provide stricter penalties for the violation of laws. Since the enactment of the Crime Control Act, U.S. cities and states have increased their law enforcement efforts with the help of appropriations from the federal government. With the stated purpose of controlling and preventing violent crime, the comprehensive law authorized ...