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NCJ Number: 186605 Find in a Library
Title: Prevention or Pork? A Hard-Headed Look at Youth-Oriented Anti-Crime Programs
Author(s): Richard A. Mendel
Date Published: July 1995
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: American Youth Policy Forum
Washington, DC 20036-2505
Publication Number: ISBN 1-887031-50-2
Sale Source: American Youth Policy Forum
1836 Jefferson Place, N. W.
Washington, DC 20036-2505
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document examines and evaluates youth-oriented anti-crime programs.
Abstract: The document considers whether such programs as family therapies, recreation, midnight sports leagues, and school-based conflict resolution prevent or decrease youth delinquent behavior. It also discusses whether these programs actually make a cost-effective contribution to controlling crime. Research findings include the following: (1) there is a strong foundation for identifying risk factors early in life, which enables society to address the underlying conditions that propel some youths to crime; (2) tougher law enforcement and stricter sanctions are unlikely, in the absence of effective crime prevention, to reduce crime significantly; (3) a number of youth-oriented prevention strategies have documented impressive results in reducing criminal, delinquent, and pre-delinquent behavior among young people; (4) further investments in research and evaluation of crime prevention are clearly justified; and (5) States and Federal Government need to develop and implement prevention programs aggressively, taking care to learn from experience. Notes, appendix, resources
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Crime prevention measures; Juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile Delinquency prevention planning; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; Juvenile Delinquency prevention theory
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