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Symbolising crime control: reflections on zero tolerance

Newburn, Tim and Jones, Trevor (2007) Symbolising crime control: reflections on zero tolerance. Theoretical Criminology, 11 (2). pp. 221-243. ISSN 1362-4806

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The term Zero Tolerance has become a familiar feature of the crime control landscape. In recent times it has been deployed regularly by politicians, police managers, policy-makers and the media. Though it has been used in connection with a number of different policy initiatives, Zero Tolerance is most closely associated with policing and, in particular, with a set of policing strategies adopted by the New York Police Department in the 1990s. This article explores the origins of this most potent of crime control symbols, and examines how it has subsequently been developed, deployed and disseminated. It concludes with an examination of how and why policy actors deploy symbolically powerful terms in the context of contemporary crime politics in the USA and UK.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2007 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Collections > United States Collection
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008 19:02

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