What Works: Scholars Review Crime Prevention

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Researchers from the U.S. and other countries who gathered in 2012 in Jerusalem to discuss the effectiveness of programs aimed at preventing crime have compiled their findings into a new book: “What Works in Crime Prevention and Rehabilitation.”

Edited by David P. Farrington of Cambridge University and Charlotte Gill and David Weisburd, both of George Mason University, the book includes chapters highlighting policing, sentencing, correctional and drug intervention programs and community intervention programs, among other topics.

In Chapter 2 of the book, which is available to readers free of charge, Farrington, Maria M. Ttofi and Friedrich A. Lösel discuss a systematic review of programs targeting children and adolescents 18 years of age and  younger to determine what strategies are most effective in preventing crime. The programs are designed to prevent antisocial behavior and provide training in problem solving, child rearing and bullying, among other areas, and include  behavioral treatment, conflict resolution and parent training.

“There has been no previous effort to summarize what has been learned from systematic reviews in criminology,” the book’s authors write in the preface. “What works? What is promising? What seems to have no effect? What is harmful? What is uncertain? What is missing?”

Read sample pages from the book here.

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