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The Rise and Fall of a Violent Crime Wave: Crack Cocaine and the Construction of a Social Crime Problem

Henry Brownstein
ISBN: 978-0-911577-36-5
1996/112 pages
A CriminalJusticePress Project


This book tells the story of how government policy-makers, law enforcement officials, and the news media effectively used modest shifts in the official rate of violent crime to construct a crisis of crime and violence.


  • The Wave of Violent Crime.
  • The Measurement of Violent Crime.
  • Official Crime Statistics.
  • Crack Cocaine and Violent Crime.
  • Making Policy, Making Justice, Making Crime.