Crimes without victims : the dynamics of law enforcement

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1974

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Because it defines criminal conduct and authorizes punishment, the substantitve [sic] criminal law constitutes the basic source of a state's authority and is thus of pervasive importance to the proper administration of justice. One rather unusual facet of the substantive law is the victimless crime, which usually is considered to be a willful exchange, among adults, of forbidden goods or services. This paper analyzes the law enforcement procedures that are utilized in the control of heroin addicts, homosexuals, and prostitutes from the standpoint of effectiveness, advantages and costs in an attempt to draw conclusions concerning the efficacy of such laws. [...]

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Crimes without victims, Law enforcement

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