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NCJ Number: 120536 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Prevention in France
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:31  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1989)  Pages:527-538
Author(s): M King
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article describes and traces the evolution of the French crime prevention program and explains how it operates in preventing various forms of delinquency and antisocial behavior, using examples from the cities of Lille and Paris.
Abstract: Two reports published in 1982 identified the importance of improving the physical and social environment of major cities. Particularly targeted were depressed neighborhoods with high immigrant populations, poor schools, high unemployment, and inadequate housing. The reports recommended a multiagency approach that would combine social measures with situational and control measures. Stemming from the reports, crime prevention councils began operating in June 1983. They consist of three tiers: a central government tier that funds projects, a regional tier that is primarily advisory, and a local tier that implements programs. A focus of the crime prevention efforts has been the involvement of youth in sport and recreational activities. This has included the gradual involvement of marginalized and ethnic minority groups in main-stream social and sporting activities. Evaluations associated with crime prevention efforts in Paris and Lille suggest they have been effective in reducing juvenile crime. One lesson for the United Kingdom is the apparent effectiveness of the partnership between local and central governments and the voluntary sector. 4 references.
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; France
Note: Reprinted from the Home Office (United Kingdom) "Research Bulletin," No. 24, 1988.
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