Politics, Government, and Prevention

in Changing Lives

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780226307190
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226307237 | DOI:
Politics, Government, and Prevention

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This chapter focuses on the politics of crime prevention at the national level in the United States during the mid-1990s. It provides a helpful perspective for the encounter with two problems that affect crime-prevention decisions at all levels of government: the American penchant for punishment and the demand for quick solutions in dealing with crime. The chapter addresses some of the problems faced in locating prevention services in crime-control departments of government and aids in developing guidelines for the placement of prevention activities within the proper unit of government. The two persistent problems posed by prevention programs designed for at-risk youth are discussed, and the branches of government best suited for administering delinquency-prevention efforts are evaluated in the chapter.

Keywords: crime prevention; United States; crime-control departments; government

Chapter.  11185 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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