Books: Force and the Law

CRIME IN AMERICA by Ramsey Clark. 346 pages. Simon & Schuster. $6.95.

If you have just been mugged or had your car stolen, Ramsey Clark may incense you. He insists that coping with crime requires compassion for the criminal as well as the victim. Worried that U.S. lawmen may be putting too much trust in the club and the gun as instruments of order, he suggests they learn from states like Sweden—which far outmatches the U.S. in curbing crime (but also has a homogeneous society and hence far fewer problems). As Lyndon Johnson's Attorney General,...

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