3 LEAA Newsl. 1 (1973-1974)

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NEWSLETTER


VOLUME 3, NO. 1


States Will Convene Conferences

To Implement Commission Findings

   Most findings and recommendations   of the National Advisory Com-
mission on  Criminal  Justice Standards and  Goals won   the endorse-
ment  of state delegations to the National  Conference  on  Criminal
Justice, a survey of reports of state caucuses on the final day of the


conference showed.
  Many  caucuses voted to hold state
and local meetings to discuss the pro-
posals in more detail and a number
of delegations reported they have de-
cided to conduct these meetings soon
after the conference so they can make
plans to implement the proposals.
  A number  of delegates said they felt
the hundreds of crime control recom-
mendations were  too important for
quick decisions, and they wanted many
persons in their states to study them.
Most  reserved final judgment on the
recommendations until they could hold
their state meetings.
  The  1,500 delegates held their state
caucuses on January 26, the final day
of the three-day conference in Washing-
ton, D.C.
        Chairman  Peterson
  At the close of the conference, Rus-
sell W. Peterson, the Commission Chair-
man, said its most significant result was
the strong commitment by the nation's
criminal justice system leaders to re-
ducing high-fear crime by 50 percent
during the next 10 years.
  Mr.  Peterson, former Governor of
Delaware, said he sensed that delegates
would  return home  determined to
bring to this nation a level of safety never
before seen in our national history.
  Although there was a consensus on
many  proposals-one delegate said 70
to 80 percent of the recommendations
would be approved in his state-a few
sections of the  Commission  report
aroused debate.
   Many delegates viewed with misgiv-


ings the proposal to end plea bargain-
ing by 1978, and in at least one state
caucus the Commision's court recom-
mendations generated more controversy
than any other recommendations. Some
corrections proposals were viewed as
being too lenient, and some as being too
severe. The delegates of one major state
said more security, not less, is needed
at their institutions.
  The  police recommendations were
widely accepted, and even the one most
debated-recommending   the regional
consolidation of law enforcement agen-
cies-was called inevitable by one of the
delegations wary of it.
              (continued on page 8)


FEBRUARY-MARCH 1973


Nixon Asks For

Revenue Sharing

Funds For LEAA

   President Nixon  has said that
his proposals for special revenue
sharing  and  a larger budget  for
LEAA represent a continuation
of  his  major   commitment to
states and   localities for crime
reduction.
  In his budget message to the Con-
gress, the President said:
  Helping state and local criminal
justice agencies fight crime in our cities
and towns continues to be a major com-
mitment of my Administration.
  The  budget proposed by the Presi-
dent includes $891,124,000 for LEAA
for Fiscal 1974-an increase of $35,-
758,000 over the current fiscal year.
              (continued on page 11)


Attorney  General
Richard G.  Klein-
dienst greets dele-
gates to the Na-
tional Conference
on Criminal Justice.
The  1,500  dele-
gates included po-
licemen, jurists, cor-
rections  officials,
state  legislators,
and community rep-
resentatives from all
50 states.

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