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NCJ Number: 157531 Find in a Library
Title: Crime Prevention Strategies, in Particular as Related to Crimes in Urban Areas and Juveniles and Violence Criminality, Including the Question of Victims: Assessment and New Perspectives; Background Paper for the Workshop on Mass Media and Crime Prevention
Corporate Author: United Nations
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations
A-1400 Vienna, Austria
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: United Nations
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Branch, at Vienna
P.O. Box 500
A-1400 Vienna,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This background paper focuses on the role of the mass media in crime prevention, particularly in the context of the differing needs of developed and developing countries.
Abstract: The paper discusses the legislative and substantive background to the issue, and raises some general issues related to crime prevention versus crime control, the diversity of media systems, the potential of the media to influence crime prevention efforts, and the need for international collaboration in this area. Key issues related to the right to freedom of opinion and expression are discussed in terms of regulations and enforcement, perceptions of crime and the justice system, the design and evaluation of mass media campaigns, and media literacy. The paper discusses the need for governments, the media, and the public to balance their respective roles in effecting crime prevention and control. Some crime prevention efforts would be targeted toward specific audiences, i.e., children and youth, women, and the elderly. The paper ends with an examination of future directions at both the national and international levels. 61 notes and 1 appendix
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Criminology; International cooperation; Media support; Public education; Victims of Crime
Note: Ninth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders Cairo, Egypt, 29 April-8 May 1995.
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