The Origins and Development of Federal Crime Control Policy: Herbert Hoover's Initiatives


Calder's book is the only one to deal with the Hoover initiatives to organize and direct the first systematic federal crime studies and to reorganize federal law enforcement, judicial, and correctional agencies. As president, Hoover inherited a loosely defined and unsystematized collection of federal agencies, but he asserted a new policy of reform of the justice system. He retained highly competent administrators to implement his reforms, and he dogged Congress until he received authority to complete his policy agenda.

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