Evaluating Crime Prevention Programs
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The paper looks at how Sherman, et al.'s article "Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn't, What's Promising" addresses the evaluation of crime prevention programs and identifies programs that work, programs that are ineffective and programs that are promising. The paper looks at the conclusions of the reviewers on the effectiveness of family-intervention programs and mandatory arrest of some domestic violence offenders. Then, the paper describes the programs that failed to work, such as the "Scared Straight" juvenile program, and outlines the programs that the researchers found to be promising. The paper concludes that this study's findings should not be implemented on a larger scale without more contemporary research.
From the Paper:"According to Sherman, one of the major problems with modern crime prevention programs is that many of them simply do not work. However, society continues to put resources into these programs, largely because they have not been appropriately evaluated, making it possible to determine which ones are successful and which ones are unsuccessful. Not only is this lack of effective evaluation a waste of resources, it also creates the potential for a public backlash against crime prevention programs, because it increases the likelihood that public funds will be used on ineffective programs. While Sherman believes that there is not enough evidence available to conclusively determine the effectiveness of the various programs, he does find that there is sufficient evidence to determine which programs are successful, which are clearly unsuccessful, and which programs seem to be promising. Concentrating funding efforts on programs that have been prove to work, as well as on additional research into the effectiveness of promising strategies, is a necessary step in the implementation of an effective crime-prevention regime."
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Evaluating Crime Prevention Programs (2011, February 08) Retrieved December 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/article-review/evaluating-crime-prevention-programs-147046/
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