Stopping Crime Requires Successful Implementation of What Works

Irvin Waller

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI:
Stopping Crime Requires Successful Implementation of What Works

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The current fiscal crisis in both the UK and the United States provides a special opportunity to get a shift from unaffordable and ineffective policing and prisons to cost-effective prevention. This chapter identifies for criminologists some of the key steps for shifting government policy to success and some examples of implementation. It demonstrates how a reinvestment of 10 percent of what we are spending on reactive policies now could achieve a reduction of 50 percent in rates of victimization.

Keywords: fiscal crisis; policing; prisons; crime prevention; crime policy

Chapter.  3046 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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