- The Study of New York Government
- The New York Constitution and the Federal System
- Political Parties in New York
- Campaign Finance Policy in the State and City of New York
- Public Opinion Polling and New York Politics and Governance
- Elections and Election Management
- Lobbying and the Interest Group System
- Politics and the News Media in the Empire State
- The New York State Legislature
- The Governor of New York
- The New York State Comptroller's Office
- The New York State Attorney General
- The Judiciary and Judicial Reform
- The Executive Branch
- New York State and the National Government
- New York in Fiscal Federalism
- The State and Its Localities
- New York State and New York City Relations
- New York State's “Foreign Policy”
- The Public Fisc in New York State
- New York State Education Policy and Politics
- Health Care Politics and Policy in New York State
- Public Safety Policy in New York State
- Higher Education in New York State
- Mental Health Policy in New York State
- Economic Development in New York State
- Welfare Policy in New York State
- The Environment in New York State
- Transportation Policy and Politics in New York State
- The Politics of Energy in New York State
- Selective Bibliography of New York Government and Politics: References
Abstract and Keywords
This article concentrates on policies that are responses to crimes that fall within the purview of the “criminal justice system”: police, prosecutors, defense counsel, courts, juries, jails, and prisons, as well as alternatives to incarceration, including probation and parole. Successes in policing New York City must be a large part of the story of public safety in New York State. Federal and state constitutions shape the structure and practice of public safety policymaking, but local government charters also play some role. The new public safety functions do not fit the traditional categories of policing. The prospect of reform in public safety system performance in the state will depend on innovations that enable it to do more with less, always a political slogan, but often a hollow one.
Dennis C. Smith is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Affairs, New York University, and Professor in Residence, New York State Assembly Intern Program.
Martin Horn is Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Law & Police Science, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. He is the former Commissioner of New York City's Department of Correction and Department of Probation.
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