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NCJ Number: 228974 Find in a Library
Title: New Labour and Crime Prevention in England and Wales: What Worked?
Journal: Revue de l' IPC Review  Volume:3  Dated:March 2009  Pages:41-65
Author(s): Enver Soloman
Date Published: March 2009
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article examines crime reduction, tackling anti-social behavior, and increasing the number of offenses dealt with by the criminal justice system in England and Wales.
Abstract: Findings reveal that delivering a more effective model in crime control and prevention has proved extremely challenging. Overall, the official crime rate as measured by the British Crime Survey has declined; however, crime and victimization levels, particularly amongst young people remain high while the proportion of crime dealt with remains low. At the same time, there has been notable success in dealing with the volume of burglary and vehicle crimes. A number of important lessons identified for practitioners and policymakers in Canada were identified: the dangers of over centralized control, the perils of targets, the creation of silos within silos, the need to balance prevention and enforcement, and guarding against expansionism, recognizing the limits of criminal justice activity, and embedding a genuine evidence-based approach. The primary lesson from the English and Welsh experience is that effective situational crime control and prevention strategies can make a difference, but addressing the levels of youth victimization requires a greater understanding of the causes of crime and disorder, and is best addressed by implementing social rather than criminal justice interventions. Figures and references
Main Term(s): Criminal justice research; Victimization
Index Term(s): Crime control model; Crime prevention measures; United Kingdom (UK); Victimization risk
Note: For related articles in this issue see NCJ-228972-73 and NCJ-228975-78
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