All proposals for increasing the selectivity of the criminal justice system have two elements in common. First, some offenders—presumably the most frequent, serious, or persistent—are selected for special attention. Second, the resources of criminal justice agencies are reallocated so that these offenders in fact receive special attention; the presumably less dangerous offenders who are not selected receive correspondingly less attention. If the selection method is accurate and if resources are reallocated in a reasonable way, then the result should be a more efficient use of limited resources.
KeywordsCriminal Justice Crime Control Offense Rate Crime Reduction Patrol Officer
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