Delinquency Prevention as Crime Control

in Changing Lives

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226307190
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307237 | DOI:
Delinquency Prevention as Crime Control

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Delinquency prevention is generally characterized as a collection of theories and intervention techniques that attempts to redirect the life course of youth away from crime and toward more socially accepted behavioral norms. It shares a common turf with the related goals of crime, violence, and injury prevention. It involves reducing individual, long-term proclivities toward crime and violence, and is usually targeted at those youth or families that appear to be at elevated risk for participation in delinquent behavior. In attempting to redirect the life-course trajectory of delinquent youth away from crime, it differs from other crime-prevention strategies that aim to make particular crimes more difficult to successfully complete, through security measures (target hardening), changing the environment (street lighting, road barriers, etc.), or extra police attention. Prenatal healthcare, well-baby checkups, immunizations, home-visitation programs, and HeadStart are all programs designed to improve the well being and educational attainment of youth.

Keywords: delinquency prevention; crime control; crime-prevention strategies; injury prevention; delinquent youth

Chapter.  2540 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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