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Law Enforcement for Lawabiders

Publication Date

January 2007


Tracey L. Meares


Compliance with the law, as opposed to desistance from breaking it, is a function of internalized norms inculcated through the power of private social control. Thus, one new idea for policing might be this: we can control and reduce crime by explicitly drawing the power of private social control, implemented through the promotion and transmission of lawabiding norms, into law enforcement and into policing in particular.

Recommended Citation

Meares, T. L. (2007). Law enforcement for lawabiders. National Policing Institute. https://www.policinginstitute.org/publication/law-enforcement-for-lawabiders/