Raising questions of law and order

David Weisburd, Craig Uchida, Lorraine Green

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In the 1960s Jerome Skolnick described the main problem of police in democratic society as one of effectively maintaining order while adhering to legal norms that emphasize constraint on the initiative of police authority. Contrary to what was and continues to be a common theme in American images of justice, that law and order are complementary, Skolnick argued that one necessarily is in conflict with the other. To emphasize the rule of law was to place the rights of citizens to be free from undue interference of public officials above society’s right to maintain order. To emphasize order was to place society’s need to be free from crime problems above the rights of individual citizens.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationPolice innovation and control of the police
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781461383147, 9781461383123
StatePublished - 1993


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