The due process revolution and the police

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Unformatted text preview: The due process revolution and the police The Warren Court handed down a series of decisions between 1961 and 1969 that expanded citizens' due process rights and limited police powers. Some police administrators complained that Fourth and Fifth Amendment limits on police powers to question, arrest, search, and seize made it impossible for the police to fight crime. Civil liberties advocates heralded the revolution in criminal procedure as a way to ensure that the police treated those accused of crimes fairly. Street crime and the federalization of law enforcement Between 1960 and 1974, index crimes skyrocketed nationally from 3,363,700 to over 10 million per year. In addition to the upward spiral in crime, drug abuse spread from the ghettos to the white middle class. The federal government responded by passing crime control legislation and by creating middle class....
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