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NCJ Number: 181823 Find in a Library
Title: Benefit-Cost Analysis and Crime Prevention
Author(s): John Chisholm
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 0-642-24139-2
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Australian Institute of Criminology estimates the annual costs of crime in Australia were between $11 and $13 billion in 1996, clearly demonstrating that crime and crime prevention are costly.
Abstract: Cost-benefit analysis can be used to assess the effectiveness of crime prevention programs, although few such programs in Australia have employed this type of analysis. In using cost-benefit analysis, crime prevention can be construed as a time continuum, with early intervention at one extreme and incarceration at the other extreme. Between these extremes are an array of social and developmental programs for early childhood, juvenile, and adult offenders. Cost-benefit analysis can also be applied in the context of situational crime prevention and correctional interventions. To ensure accountability in crime prevention programs that use cost-benefit analysis to guide funding decisions, analysis results should be fully transparent. Cost-effective crime prevention means spending money on the most cost-effective programs, and government decisions should be guided by long-term social costs and benefits of alternative crime prevention programs.
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): Australia; Corrections effectiveness; Cost effectiveness analysis; Cost/Benefit Analysis; Crime costs; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Program evaluation; Situational crime prevention
Note: Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 147
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