The Habits of Legality

The Habits of Legality : Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law

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This book provides a broad summary of American criminal justice in a time of great concern about solutions to the current crime epidemic. Allen suggests that the way to a more effective penal policy can be found by a closer adherence to the law rather than the current trend to bypass certain laws in the name of the "war on crime".show more

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  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 162.3 x 245.1 x 21.1mm | 497.65g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195100883
  • 9780195100884

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The Habits of Legality provides a broad survey of American criminal justice in a time of troubles. It asks the central questions: In what degree are the justice system's functions guided by ascertainable legal norms? How accountable are public officials who wield the rigorous sanctions of the penal law? Where the habits of legality are weak, how can they be invigorated? Francis A. Allen asserts the vital and continuing importance of the legality principle to democratic societies, discusses how the habits of legality in American criminal justice can be strengthened, and demonstrates that a closer adherence to the rule of law may not only protect the rights of persons more efficiently, but also contribute to more rational and effective penal policy. The Habits of Legality offers solutions on how to revitalize the rule of law. It will be of interest to scholars and students of criminology and law, as well as the general reader concerned with issues of criminal justice.show more

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About Francis A. Allen

Francis A. Allen is Edson R. Sunderland Professor of Law emeritus at the University of Michigan Law School, and Professor of Law and Huber C. Hurst Eminent Scholar emeritus at the University of Florida. He is a former President of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and a recipient of the American Bar Foundation's Career Research Award. His previous works include The Borderland of Criminal Justice: Essays in Law and Criminology, The Crimes of Politics: Political Dimensions of Criminal Justice, Law, Intellect, and Education, and The Decline of the Rehabilitative Ideal.show more

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