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Fighting Back: Neighborhood Antidrug Strategies.

Few correctional practitioners would dispute the role that illegal narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required.  plays in criminal behavior. The toll that drug usage exacts upon society is staggering. It presents unique problems that must be addressed by our nation. This is precisely where Fighting Back offers its most valuable contribution. Robert C. Davis and Arthur Lurigio examine police- and citizen-based strategies, case studies, observations and recent investigations that offer insight and even hope to those currently waging the 'war on drugs.' This examination leads the reader to conclude that drug problems only can be dealt with effectively when citizens become partners with the police.

This text delivers precisely what it promises. Davis and Lurigio clearly state their goals and then systematically achieve these objectives. For example, the authors assert that their intention is not to analyze or discuss federal or state efforts to interdict interdict (ĭn`tərdĭkt), ecclesiastical censure notably used in the Roman Catholic Church, especially in the Middle Ages. When a parish, state, or nation is placed under the interdict no public church ceremony may take place, only certain  narcotics, but to investigate partnerships between local law enforcement and grassroots organizations It may never be fully completed or, depending on its its nature, it may be that it can never be completed. However, new and revised entries in the list are always welcome.  created to prevent and discourage drug activity. In this discussion, real-life case studies are presented to help the reader determine what attributes are necessary for a successful program. Philadelphia's South Division and Let's Clean It Up campaigns, as well as Oakland, California's and Birmingham, Alabama's drug enforcement programs are discussed.

The case studies offered not only pinpoint or highlight these programs that are working exceptionally well, but also examine programs that are less effective. Throughout this discussion, it becomes evident that the degree to which a community aligns itself with the police and against drug dealers determines to what extent a program will achieve its objectives. Variables such as the desires of the community, civic leadership and involvement, and cooperation with and from the police are critical.

This text is written in a clear, precise style. It is evident that the authors have made a genuine effort to maintain a level that is easy for both students and seasoned correctional or law enforcement authorities to understand. The authors approach drug dealing from both a criminal justice and sociological orientation, thereby further enabling the reader to obtain a more comprehensive awareness and understanding of human nature and the elements that may predispose pre·dis·pose
To make susceptible, as to a disease.
 illicit Not permitted or allowed; prohibited; unlawful; as an illicit trade; illicit intercourse.

ILLICIT. What is unlawful what is forbidden by the law. Vide Unlawful.
 activity. The history of America's antidrug programs and the nebulous nature of the drug subculture Drug subcultures are examples of countercultures, primarily defined by recreational drug use.

Drug subcultures are groups of people loosely united by a common understanding of the meaning and value (good or otherwise) of the incorporation into life of the drug in question.
 are reviewed briefly in order to establish a basis upon which further exploration of this topic is made possible.

Fighting Back perhaps is the most definitive text dealing with antidrug tactics and police/community relations. This book is timely and well balanced, and it grapples with strategies that have proven effective in communities throughout America. A review of this text will spark your interest in antidrug strategies and encourage additional research into this topic. Likewise, this text is well suited for those working in all areas of corrections. I wholeheartedly whole·heart·ed  
Marked by unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm: wholehearted approval.

 recommend Fighting Back to all who desire a better understanding of police/citizen relationships and social problems. This text quickly will become the standard by which all similar texts are judged.

Reviewed by Curtis Blakely, Ed.S., inmate INMATE. One who dwells in a part of another's house, the latter dwelling, at the same time, in the said house. Kitch. 45, b; Com. Dig. Justices of the Peace, B 85; 1 B. & Cr. 578; 8 E. C. L. R. 153; 2 Dowl. & Ry. 743; 8 B. & Cr. 71; 15 E. C. L. R. 154; 2 Man. & Ry. 227; 9 B. & Cr.  employment coordinator, Penitentiary penitentiary: see prison.  of New Mexico-South Facility.
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Author:Blakely, Curtis
Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 1996
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