Time Essay: Fighting Crime: Debate Between Rhetoric and Reality

THERE are those who say that law and order are just code words for repression and bigotry. That is dangerous nonsense. Law and order are code words for goodness and decency in America." So spoke President Nixon as he explained his new crime initiatives. It was a purely Nixonian sentiment, grounded on his belief that he and the majority of Americans were resonating to the same moral pitch.

Nixon is not alone in that belief. New York's Nelson Rockefeller is urging his state to adopt mandatory life sentences without parole for any convicted adult...

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