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Criminal justice: using evidence to reduce crime

Sandra Nutley and Huw Davies

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341914.003.0005
Criminal justice: using evidence to reduce crime

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Within the criminal justice system, there is renewed interest in the role that evidence can play in shaping crime reduction policies and practices. This chapter charts the shift from the conclusion in the 1970s that ‘nothing works’ to the active search for ‘what works’ in the 1990s. Criminal justice research is characterised by its methodological plurality and, particularly in the UK, a belief in the need for a theory-driven approach to evaluation. One of the issues highlighted by the chapter is the potential danger of adopting tentative research results as firm effective practice principles. An evidence-based approach requires the implementation of current evidence to be carefully balanced and integrated with ongoing evaluations of effectiveness.

Keywords: crime reduction; UK; evidence-based approach; effectiveness

Chapter.  7896 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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