Who Are the Criminals? The Politics of Crime Policy from the Age of Roosevelt to the Age of Reagan

By John Hagan | Go to book overview

Chapter 4
Explaining Crime in the Age of Reagan

Ronald Reagan and the Radical Criminologists

The University of California at Berkeley established the first nonsociological doctoral degree program in criminology in 1966, the year California elected Ronald Reagan its governor. At Berkeley and elsewhere, the U.S. Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Assistance Agency (LEAA) had launched new state and local crime control programs and spurred much of the early growth of the new field of criminology with government funding (Savelsberg 1994). Yet the trajectory was hardly smooth or uncontroversial. Despite an early emphasis on policing supported by LEAA funding, by the late 1960s the Berkeley School of Criminology had emerged as a battleground in the politics of crime and social justice, and Ronald Reagan and Edwin Meese made the school a subject of their attention.

A leading figure in the conflict was Tony Platt, who about this time published an influential book, The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency (1969). This book questioned at a crucial moment the role of the state in defining and punishing youthful deviance. Platt's critique of “child-saving reformers” from an increasingly politicized left side of the field anticipated later criticism from the political Right of the “rehabilitative ideal” in sentencing and treatment programs in America. The radical

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