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The purpose of case study is to research and discuss the creation, development, and implementation of the Act into the criminal justice system. Identify the steps of its development through analyzing the following:

1. Problem identification
2. Agenda setting
3. Policy formulation
4. Policy implementation
5. Policy evaluation

Describe in detail how the Act was linked with community oriented policing and explain the centerpiece of the Act, which was the "100,000 Cops" initiative. Make observations on how this Act affects your state and local law enforcement and corrections entities.

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This solution provides a long/ detailed account of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, specifically addressing the need for the act, the agenda setting process, policy formation, policy implementation, and policy evaluation. This solution is thorough and provides citation information regarding the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

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What I am providing you below are detailed notes regarding the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Here is the website for the actual Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-103hr3355enr/pdf/BILLS-103hr3355enr.pdf.

"The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 represents the bipartisan product of six years of hard work. It is the largest crime bill in the history of the country and provided for 100,000 new police officers, $9.7 billion in funding for prisons and $6.1 billion in funding for prevention programs, which were designed with significant input from experienced police officers. The Act also significantly expands the government's ability to deal with problems caused by criminal aliens. The Crime Bill provides $2.6 billion in additional funding for the FBI, DEA, INS, United States Attorneys, and other Justice Department components, as well as the Federal courts and the Treasury Department. Some of the most significant provisions of the bill are summarized in this fact sheet" (Office of Justice Programs, 2013)

Website: http://www.nij.gov/pubs-sum/000067.htm

Here is a wonderful website regarding the case, specifically Problem Identification. As I found this online, I do NOT like to plagiarize. Therefore, I am going to reword what this is all saying. 


"Throughout the early 1990s, specifically 1991 and 1992 (during the Clinton administration), crime rates in the United States had increased exponentially. In fact, drug abuse crimes and youth violence crimes were at a peak. This period of American history truly marks an increase in crimes and violent. Ultimately, the administration needed to find a way to decrease crimes while being realistic in the process of implementing new policies. The government quickly realized the problems associated with high crime rates, which were affecting the entire community and thus, began to formulate various strategies in order to implement policy to reduce crimes. The problem identification depended upon governmental level. What I mean by this is that within the community, policing and enforcement was strategic, neighborhood, and problem oriented and at the governmental level, a "weed and seed" method was employed."

This was taken from the website cited above. Here is a breakdown of the various methods of classifying community issues:
Strategic: focused on getting tougher on minor crimes
Neighborhood: daily contact between police and neighborhood citizens through foot and bike patrols, neighborhood substations and regular police meetings with ...

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