Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice
Elizabeth H. McConnell & John A. McConnell
In 1965 President Lyndon Johnson appointed the 19-member President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice to examine crime and crime control in the United States. The commission's findings, regarded by many as the most comprehensive evaluation of crime and crime control in the United States at the time, was published in 1967 as The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society: A Report by the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice. It is recognized as a basic reference work for American criminal justice systems and was widely used as a college textbook. The relevance of the commission to the topics of race and crime is twofold: (1) the disproportionate number of minorities reflected in crime statistics and (2) the time period in which the commission was appointed. During this period, racial discrimination and segregation, which permeated much of American life, were being challenged. Race riots ...