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Since at least the reign of Richard Nixon, the Republican party has been the "law and order" party. Every Republican president from Nixon onward has .had a recipe for solving the crime problem and most have succeeded in getting at least one major criminal "reform" bill through Congress. The basic ingredients of all the Republican recipes have been the same: "reform" the courts to facilitate criminal investigations and convictions and change both the courts and the criminal law to impose swifter, more severe, and more final sentences on those convicted of crime.

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