Changing Lives: Delinquency Prevention as Crime-Control Policy

Paperback | April 15, 2007

byPeter W. Greenwood

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One of the most astonishing aspects of juvenile crime is how little is known about the impact of the policies and programs put in place to fight it. The most commonly used strategies and programs for combating juvenile delinquency problems primarily rely on intuition and fads. Fortunately, as a result of the promising new research documented in Changing Lives, these deficiencies in our juvenile justice system might quickly be remedied.

Peter W. Greenwood here demonstrates here that as crimes rates have fallen, researchers have identified more connections between specific risk factors and criminal behavior, while program developers have discovered a wide array of innovative interventions. The result of all this activity, he reveals, has been the revelation of a few prevention models that reduce crime much more cost-effectively than popular approaches such as tougher sentencing, D.A.R.E., boot camps, and "scared straight" programs. Changing Lives expertly presents the most promising of these prevention programs, their histories, the quality of evidence to support their effectiveness, the public policy programs involved in bringing them into wider use, and the potential for investments and developmental research to increase the range and quality of programs.

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One of the most astonishing aspects of juvenile crime is how little is known about the impact of the policies and programs put in place to fight it. The most commonly used strategies and programs for combating juvenile delinquency problems primarily rely on intuition and fads. Fortunately, as a result of the promising new research docu...

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One of the most astonishing aspects of juvenile crime is how little is known about the impact of the policies and programs put in place to fight it. As a result of this almost complete absence of evaluation, the most commonly used strategies and programs for combating juvenile delinquency problems primarily rely on intuition and fads. ...

Peter W. Greenwood is the former director of the RAND Corporation’s Criminal Justice Program. He is coauthor of four previous books, including, most recently, Investing in Our Children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:April 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226307204

ISBN - 13:9780226307206

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Part 1 - The Nature and Effectiveness of Crime Prevention
1. Delinquency Prevention as Crime Control
2. The Evolution of an Idea
3. Strategies for Measuring Program Impact
4. What Works
5. What Doesn't Work
Part 2 - Prevention and Policy
6. The Uses and Limits of Cost Effectiveness in Allocating Crime-Prevention Resources
7. Politics, Government, and Prevention
8. Programming in the Modern Juvenile Court
References
Index

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"Changing Lives offers a clear and penetrating analysis of the current state of delinquency prevention and intervention efforts in this country. The good news is that there are a significant number of delinquency prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard for demonstrated effectiveness; the bad news is that many of the most popular prevention programs and strategies in current use are ineffective. Peter Greenwood makes a compelling case for the claim that implementing more effective delinquency prevention programs is the best strategy for controlling crime. His recommendations for advancing this agenda are well conceived and practical and offer some realistic hope for developing a truly effective crime-control program in this country."--Delbert S. Elliott, director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado at Boulder -- Delbert S. Elliott "Delbert S. Elliott" (08/22/2005)