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Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention
Programs, Policies, and Practices

February 2020 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Crime Prevention: Programs, Policies, and Practices, criminologists Steven E. Barkan and Michael Rocque present a well-rounded exploration of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. Grounded in criminological theory and emphasizing the social, psychological, and biological roots of crime, this text presents current research, perspectives, and examples that capture the key crime prevention concepts students should understand, including the public health model for crime prevention. Highlighting the importance of applying theory to real-world solutions, the authors' discussion of crime prevention strategies integrates theory and practice throughout the text.

About the Authors
Part I: Introduction: Why Crime Prevention?
Chapter 1: The Crime Problem in the United States
The Amount and Cost of Crime

Unaffordable Justice: The Failure of Mass Incarceration

Chapter 2: Public Health and the Study of Crime Prevention
The Public Health Model

Studying Crime and Crime Prevention

Chapter 3: Setting the Stage: The Individual Roots of Crime
Preview of The Discussion

Biological Factors Then and Now

Psychological Factors: Mental Illness and Personality

Cognitive Processes and Motivation: Rational Choice and Deterrence

Chapter 4: Setting the Stage: The Environmental Roots of Crime
Community and Situational Factors

Families, Friends, and Schools

Sociodemographic Correlates of Crime

The Need for Multifaceted Crime Prevention

Part II: Primary Crime Prevention: Focus on the Social and Physical Environments
Chapter 5: Economic and Employment Strategies
Poverty and Crime

Employment and Crime

Reducing Poverty and Promoting Stable Employment

Chapter 6: Community and Neighborhood Approaches
Community Risk Factors for Crime

Early Community Crime Prevention Approaches

Contemporary Community Crime Prevention Approaches

Community Crime Prevention and Substance Abuse

Difficulties with Community Crime Prevention

Chapter 7: Situational Crime Prevention
Situational Crime Prevention: Background

Theoretical Background: Routine Activities and Rational Choice Theory

Situational Crime Prevention: The Basics

Situational Crime Prevention: Evidence

Situational Crime Prevention: Critiques

Preventing Gun Violence

Part III: Secondary Crime Prevention: Focus on Families, Schools, and Peers
Chapter 8: Parents, Children, and Families
Parenting and Child Outcomes

Parenting Programs and Crime Prevention

Early Childhood and Family Programs

How Do Parent/Family Programs Work?

Preventing Family Violence

Chapter 9: Schools and Crime Prevention
Schools and Risk Factors for Crime

Preventing Crime in the School

Crime Prevention Programs in Schools: Developmental Approaches

Chapter 10: Peers, Gangs, and Youth Crime
Youth Crime: Facts and Figures

Peers and Youth Crime

Gangs and Crime

Part IV: Tertiary Crime Prevention: Focus on Criminal Justice
Chapter 11: Policing and Crime Prevention
History of Policing

Deterrence Theory and Policing

What Does Not Work?

What Seems to Work?

Controversies in Police Crime Prevention

Chapter 12: Prisons and Crime Prevention
Prisons: A Brief History

From We Think It Works, To Nothing Works, To What Works

What Works in Prison Corrections?

Experiences in Prison and Recidivism

Chapter 13: Community Corrections: Probation, Parole, and Reentry
Understanding Probation and Parole

Probation and Crime Prevention

Parole and Crime Prevention

Part V: Conclusion: Final Thoughts on Crime Prevention
Chapter 14: Epilogue: The Promise and Challenge of Crime Prevention
What Have You Learned?

Lessons from Canada and Western Europe

The Future of Crime Prevention in the United States


This book includes critical information for my Critical Issues course.

Mr Steven Dyer
Arts Sciences Division, Thomas College
August 24, 2021
Key features

      Learning questions begin each chapter to highlight important elements of the chapter.

      Selected tables in certain chapters summarize a chapter’s theoretical or programmatic discussion.

      Each chapter ends with a conclusion, summary, and list of key terms.

      Each chapter includes an extensive list of references that readers may consult for further information.

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