The Public Interest

Prevention through community prosecution

Catherine M. Coles & George L. Kelling

Summer 1999

THE single greatest influence on postwar American criminal justice policy was President Johnsons Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, whose main report, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society (1967), was hailed by liberals and criminologists as a great breakthrough. Its conclusions quickly became the conventional wisdom, laying the foundation for criminal justice policy throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and into the 1990s. 

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