Changing Lives: Delinquency Prevention as Crime-Control by Peter W. Greenwood

By Peter W. Greenwood

Traditionally, it's been traditionally tough to degree the effect of rules and courses designed to deal with juvenile crime. the main known concepts for battling juvenile delinquency have basically depended on instinct and fads. besides the fact that, the promising learn documented in altering Lives provides equipment that could without delay treatment those deficiencies in our juvenile justice system.Peter W. Greenwood demonstrates right here that as crime charges have fallen, researchers have pointed out extra connections among particular chance elements and felony habit. even as, software builders have came upon a big selection of cutting edge interventions. the results of all this job, he unearths, has been the revelation of some prevention types that lessen crime even more cost-effectively than renowned techniques equivalent to more durable sentencing, the D.A.R.E. crusade, boot camps, and "scared directly" programs.Changing Lives expertly provides the main promising of those prevention courses, their histories, the standard of proof to aid their effectiveness, the general public coverage courses occupied with bringing them into wider use, and the potential of investments and developmental examine to extend the diversity and caliber of courses.

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Victim costs would become relevant only if one approach prevented mainly property crimes while the alternative prevented mainly crimes against persons. At this fledgling stage in the development of appropriate victim-cost data for evaluating the cost effectiveness of preventive-crime interventions, there are not many choices. We can ignore victim costs altogether, and seriously undervalue interventions that prevent crimes, particularly violent crimes. We can use the Miller et al. data as the analysts at WSIPP have; or we can use the even higher estimates for the social costs of crime produced by contingent valuation.

The more traditional criminal-justice approach has emphasized harsher penalties and intervention at all levels of behavior, from the mandatory waiver to adult courts for serious offenders to the strict enforcement of truancy and curfew laws, and zero tolerance for weapons in schools. Public-health professionals have focused on the agents of violence, primarily guns and alcohol, and emphasized public education and political action to restrict their availability to youth. Community-action proponents have encouraged foundations and government funding agencies to make substantial grants to local community and neighborhood coalitions, in the hope that they will find a way of identifying their community’s risk factors and adopt effective strategies for dealing with them.

Another innovative feature of the juvenile court was the appointment of 20 | Chapter 2 juvenile probation officers to supervise youth in the community and to seek suitable placements when they were required. The concept of juvenile probation had been developed in Massachusetts after the Civil War, but it did not spread throughout the country until the states established their own juvenile courts. During the decades after its establishment, the efforts of the juvenile court were supported by other government initiatives dealing with families and youth.

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