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Trapped in Crime Ones perception on crime in America is likely to be enticed by statistics opinions or others analytical interpretations Whatever the case may be many individuals base their beliefs on what theyve heard from an outside source Many outside sources contain reliable facts and strong opinions by which to make conclusions Ones understanding of Americas crime dilemma may arise from an analysis of James Q Wilsons What to Do About Crime and several letters written in response to Wilsons claim For several years the war on drugs has inevitably been a major dilemma facing the American society Can this war be stopped James Wilson proposes two main ideas for diminishing the demand for drugs and decreasing the crime rate treatment programs and enforcing the laws Almost everyone agrees that more treatment programs should exist Wilson states The key to success with treatments Wilson believes is steadfast participation in which many offenders have no incentive to be steadfast His proposed idea is to have patrol officers enforce random drug tests on probationers and parolees failing to take a test when ordered or failing the test when taken would be grounds for immediate revocation of probation or parole The goal of this tactic is not simply to keep offenders drug-freebut it is also to diminish the demand for drugs generally and thus the size of the drug market Wilson 725 There are many people who think putting more police on the streets will reduce the crime rate considerably However Wilson believes otherwise what the police do is more important than how many there are Wilson researched the effects of truancy and curfew laws in Charleston South Carolina The police officers located in Charleston returned all school-aged children to the schools from which they were truant and returned all youngsters violating an evening-curfew agreement to their parents As a result of the children being off the streets and away from drugs the crime rate in
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