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The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State

The New Social Contract: America's Journey from Welfare State to Police State

by Joseph Dillon Davey


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According to the Justice Department's National Crime Survey, the crime rate in the United States is lower today than it was when Nixon was in the White House. In spite of this, political leaders demand nationwide prison construction as a response to the "war on drugs" and to accommodate the results of the new "three strikes" law. At the same time, the gap between rich and poor is wider than ever and the needs of the "non-disruptive poor" are being ignored by the economic and political elites to the point of unprecedented homelessness. The author predicts this widening gap will prompt the return of 1960s-style civil turmoil which will lead to the end of the "war on drugs" and the emptying of hundreds of thousands of cells so the protesting poor can be plausibly threatened with incarceration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275952396
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 57,346
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

About the Author

JOSEPH DILLON DAVEY is a lawyer, political scientist, and writer of numerous journal articles on public policy. He has taught law, political science, and criminal justice on the undergraduate and graduate level for the past 20 years.

Table of Contents



Urban Riots and the Beginning of the New Social Contract

The Restoration of Order and the Reduction in Social Provision: Poverty in the 1990s

The New Homelessness: The Reagan Legacy


The Explosion of the Criminal Justice System: The Muscle of the New Social Contract

The F.B.I.'s "Dirty Little Secret": Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

The Media and Public Hysteria About Crime

Legal Change

Assault on the Constitution: Penal Code Reforms

Assault on the Constitution: The Death of the Fourth Amendment

The End of the War on Drugs


The New Social Contract



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