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The Prevention of Crime

  • ID: 3820538
  • Book
  • 440 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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" This is the most complete description of the history, theories, strategies, methods, evaluations and outcomes of efforts to prevent crime ever written. Encyclopedic in scope, it is exceptionally well organized and clearly presented. It is essential reading for students, professionals, policy makers, and citizens seeking to understand how criminal behavior can be prevented. It is equally instructive regarding what has not worked to prevent crime. There is simply nothing like it. Truly a remarkable achievement."
J. David Hawkins, University of Washington

Criminology and criminal justice currently place great emphasis on the need to implement evidence–based crime prevention strategies. The Prevention of Crime is the first text to draw from multiple, emerging, cutting–edge frameworks to demonstrate how this can be done. It describes many effective models of prevention programs and strategies that have been developed and are available for use both in the US and abroad. The text includes attention to situational crime prevention, developmental prevention programs and correctional practices to provide a unique, integrated and holistic review of what works.

In contrast to most crime prevention books, The Prevention of Crime includes attention to the many challenges associated with the implementation of crime prevention strategies, along with practical guidance regarding how communities can best select and implement such efforts, both nationally and internationally. The text also describes popular prevention models that are widely used, yet which have been shown to be largely ineffective in reducing crime, thus helping to dispel the many myths that persist in the field.

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Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

About the Companion Website x

Section I Introduction to Crime Prevention 1

1 The Goals and Logic of Crime Prevention 3

2 A Brief History of Crime Prevention 31

Section II The Foundations of Crime Prevention 67

3 How Theory and Research Inform the Science and Practice of Crime Prevention 69

4 Evaluation Science 105

5 Establishing a Standard for Judging Intervention Effectiveness 139

Section III What Works to Prevent Crime? 165

6 Situational and Legal Crime Prevention Practices, Programs, and Policies 167

7 Contextual Interventions 199

8 Individual]Level Crime Prevention: Preventing the Onset of Crime 244

9 Individual]Level Crime Prevention: Reducing the Continuity of Offending 274

Section IV Crime Prevention in Practice 299

10 Selecting and Implementing Effective Crime Prevention Practices, Programs, and Policies 301

11 Implementation Science: Taking Effective Crime Prevention Programs, Practices, and Policies to Scale 328

12 The Future of Crime Prevention 360

Glossary 379

Author Index 388

Subject Index 400

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Del Elliott is a Distinguished Professor in the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the Founding Director of the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development initiative, an online registry of effective prevention programs and was the Science Editor for Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General (2001). Dr. Elliott′s most recent books include Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Drugs and Mental Health Problems (1989), Violence in American Schools (1998) and Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006). He is a Past–President and Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and a recipient of the Edwin H. Sutherland and August Vollmer Awards from the Society.

Abigail A. Fagan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. Dr. Fagan′s research investigates the causes and prevention of juvenile delinquency, including how to increase the use of evidence–based programs, policies, and practices to reduce crime. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute of Justice and published in leading journals in criminology, psychology, and public health.

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