Katzenbach Commission

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The President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice was a group of 19 people appointed by President Johnson in 1967 to study the American criminal justice system. Johnson assigned the group the task of fighting crime and repairing the American criminal justice system:

No agency of government has ever in our history undertaken to probe so fully and deeply into the problems of crime in our nation. I do not underestimate the difficulty of the assignment. But the very difficulty which these problems present and the staggering cost of inaction make it imperative that this task be undertaken.

— President Lyndon Johnson [1]

The Commission's final report was issued in 1967[2] has been described as "the most comprehensive evaluation of crime and crime control in the United States at the time".[3] It laid out reorganization plans for police departments[4] and suggested a range of reforms.[5] Several of the Commission's findings related to the poor treatment of juvenile offenders.[6]


  1. ^ Johnson, Lyndon B. (March 8, 1965). "Special Message to the Congress on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice". Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  2. ^ McGarrell, Edmund F. (1988). Juvenile Correctional Reform: Two Decades of Policy and Procedural Change. SUNY Press. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4384-1243-6. Retrieved April 3, 2013 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Greene, Helen Taylor; Gabbidon, Shaun L. (April 14, 2009). Encyclopedia of Race and Crime. SAGE Publications. ISBN 978-1-4129-5085-5. Retrieved April 3, 2013 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Dempsey, John S.; Forst, Linda S. (2011). An Introduction to Policing. Cengage Learning. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-111-13772-4. Retrieved April 3, 2013 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Giles, Howard (2002). Law Enforcement, Communication and Community. John Benjamins Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-58811-255-2. Retrieved April 3, 2013 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Hess, Kären M.; Drowns, Robert W. (2009). Juvenile Justice. Cengage Learning. pp. 49–. ISBN 978-0-495-50437-5. Retrieved April 3, 2013 – via Google Books.