Blueprint for Fighting Crime

A federal panel urges more jails, tighter bail

"Violent crime is pervasive. We can't afford to indulge in long philosophical discourses. We must act immediately." With that stern warning, Associate Attorney General Rudolph Guiliani last week accepted the 192-page report of the Administration's Task Force on Violent Crime. Set up last March and chaired by former Attorney General Griffin Bell and Illinois Republican Governor James Thompson, the eight-member panel recommended a posse of reforms designed to stem the national crime spree.

The panel's most important proposal, according to Bell, is also its most basic:...

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