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New Jersey's Criminal Justice System

Robert Costello and Margaret E. Leigey
eISBN-13: 9781531015305

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The state of New Jersey is the eleventh most populous state in the country, despite being geographically larger than only three other states (Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island). This makes New Jersey the most densely populated American state. Despite this, the violent crime rate of New Jersey is significantly lower than the national median. New Jerseys violent crime rate in 2016 was 33.8 percent lower than the national median (245 violent crimes per 100,000 inhabitants) while the states property crime rate was 40.2 percent lower (1,544.6 property crimes per 100,000 inhabitants).

Crime in New Jersey has a similar proportional make up to the types of crimes that occur on the national scale. New Jerseys relatively small geographic size and its large population make it a unique case among the fifty United States. As such, the states criminal justice system faces particular challenges. New Jerseys blend of high-density urban areas and lower density rural areas and farmland lead to special criminal justice concerns, and this book takes a look at these state-specific issues.

Readers should come away from this book with a clear understanding of New Jerseys criminal justice system as these thirteen chapters provide a comprehensive, holistic picture. By exploring each component separately, and taking deep dives into a few national issues from a state perspective, readers will be able to understand the specific historyand current frameworkof the New Jersey system. Additionally, discussions of proposed criminal justice reform will show readers the ways in which New Jersey can serve as a model for national reforms.

Sold By Carolina Academic Press
ISBNs 9781531015299, 1531015298, 9781531015305, 1531015301
Publish Year 2020
Language English