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NCJ Number: 157169 Find in a Library
Title: Community Organizations and Crime
Journal: Annals of the American Society of Political and Social Science  Volume:539  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:72-84
Author(s): S F Bennett
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the strengths that community organizations can bring to crime prevention efforts and the limitations of the usual evaluation approach for assessing their efficacy.
Abstract: Community organizations generate and sustain participation, generate a broad understanding of community crime, develop programs that address the social causes of crime, and form partnerships for community policing. Questions about the efficacy of community-based crime prevention programs may have arisen from several limitations of prior evaluations: failure to acknowledge the fluid and political planning process of community organizations; difficulty in assessing the accomplishments of community organizations because of their need to balance the production of outcomes and the process of developing activists; and community programs' emphasis on outcomes, which forces organizations to shorten the social learning process. 39 notes
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Criminology; Deterrence effectiveness; Program evaluation
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