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The Best Laid Plans: An Assessment of the Varied Consequences of New Technologies for Crime and Social Control

Volume 72 Number 3
December 2008

Technological advances and innovations have been decried by some as a cause of crime and embraced by others as a solution to our crime problem. The author considers new technology in terms of both crime causation and crime convention and control, offering preliminary assessments of the impact--intended and unintended--of each form of new technology, as well as key issues of 1) privacy vs. protection, 2) coercive vs. non-coercive, and 3) public vs. private sector control of justice.