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NCJ Number: 63292 Find in a Library
Title: CRIME AND GERONTOLOGY
Author(s): A A MALINCHAK
Corporate Author: Prentice Hall
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 223
Sponsoring Agency: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Sale Source: Prentice Hall
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SUITABLE FOR USE AS A TEXTBOOK, THIS REFERENCE FOCUSES ON THE ELDERLY AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AS VOLUNTEERS, VICTIMS, AND CRIMINALS.
Abstract: REASONS FOR THE CONTEMPORARY SIGNIFICANCE OF CRIME AND GERONTOLOGY ARE DISCUSSED, AND A THEMATIC DIAGRAM IS PRESENTED, AS WELL AS A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE FOLLOWING ISSUES: (1) THE ELDERLY AS VICTIMS, (2) CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS FOR THE ELDERLY, (3) THE ELDERLY AS VOLUNTEERS WITHIN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND (4) THE ELDERLY AS CRIMINALS. THE TEXT ALSO SHOWS WHY THE ELDERLY ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO CRIME THAN OTHER AGE GROUPS. USING NATIONAL AND REGIONAL DATA, CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO THE SPECIAL PROBLEMS OF BEING AN ELDERLY VICTIM, VIOLENT VERSUS NONVIOLENT VICTIMIZATION, AND THE FEAR OF VICTIMIZATION CAUSING VOLUNTARY SELF-IMPRISONMENT. PERSONAL EXAMPLES OF CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY ARE HIGHLIGHTED, AND THE TEXT DESCRIBES EFFECTIVENESS OF CERTAIN CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS AND THEORIES THAT EXPLAIN HOW AND WHY THE ELDERLY ENGAGE IN CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR ARE DISCUSSED. CONCERNS INVOLVING CRIME AND THE ELDERLY SHOULD INCLUDE (1) CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS DEALING WITH CRIME PREVENTION TECHNIQUES, (2) IMPROVED TECHNIQUES FOR ELDERLY VICTIMIZATION REPORTING, (3) SPECIAL RESEARCH, (4) INVOLVEMENT BY THE ELDERLY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS, (5) INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY, (6) HARSHER PENALTIES AND SWIFTER PUNISHMENT, (7) VICTIM COMPENSATION, AND (8) HOME SECURITY SUPPORTED BY FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO FUND IT. EACH CHAPTER HAS REVIEW QUESTIONS, SUGGESTED READINGS, AND REFERENCE NOTES. CHARTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, A BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND INDEX, AND THREE APPENDIXES (STATE AND REGIONAL AGENCIES ON AGING, ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED WITH THE ELDERLY, AND PUBLICATIONS EMPHASIZING ELDERLY CONCERNS) ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--PRG) ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED WITH THE ELDERLY, AND
Index Term(s): Citizen crime precautions; Course materials; Crime prevention measures; Crime specific countermeasures; Crimes against the elderly; Criminology; Offenders; Older Adults (65+); Physical crime prevention; Reference materials; Victimology; Volunteer programs; Volunteers
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