New Issue of Wilson Quarterly: The Next War on Crime

Jan 10, 2011, 11:10 ET from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Even though crime is down in the United States, seven million Americans are still in prison or on probation or parole, and popular political measures such as mandatory sentencing have put enormous pressure on already cash-poor states. A new war on crime, argues Joan Petersilia in the Winter 2011 issue of The Wilson Quarterly, must focus on reducing repeat offenses by ex-inmates and steering more young people away from crime. Alex Tabarrok explores the uniquely American system of bounty hunting. And Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig argue that reducing crime may simply be a matter of giving criminals more appealing ways to make money.

Also in the issue:

  • Robert J. Samuelson warns that the roots of the recession are far deeper, and will have bigger consequences, than most Americans realize.

  • Robert Pringle explains how Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, which proudly welcomed Barack Obama in November, has become a thriving democracy.

  • Jill Jonnes explores the new science that allows cities to put a dollar value on one of their most vital assets: trees.

  • Martin Sletzinger sees a light at the end of the tunnel after 20 years of U.S. and European nation-building in the Balkans.

To request review copies or digital article previews, contact managing editor James Carman at (202) 691-4023 or

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