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Taming the System: The Control of Discretion in Criminal Justice, 1950–1990

Samuel Walker


Since the American Bar Foundation Survey of the Administration of Criminal Justice (1953–69) “discovered” the phenomenon of discretion in criminal justice, it has become something of a truism that the administration of criminal justice in the United States consists of a series of discretionary decisions by officials in regard to police discretion, bail, plea bargaining, and sentencing. This book is a history of the attempts over the past forty years to control these discretionary powers in the criminal justice system. In a field which largely produces short-ranged “evaluation research”, this s ... More

Keywords: criminal justice, discretionary decisions, police discretion, bail, plea bargaining, sentencing, discretionary powers, courts, police

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780195078206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195078206.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Walker, author
University of Nebraska, Omaha