Reducing and Controlling Crime
Examines strategies for reducing and controlling crime, using collective efficacy, social capital and community empowerment.
# 63672 | 1,350 words | 3 sources | APA | 2005 |
Published on Feb 09, 2006 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Sociology (General) , Law (General) , Criminology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)
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Collective efficacy, social capital and community empowerment have all been suggested to play a vital role in reducing and controlling crime in communities. Not surprisingly, many communities targeted for change are those that suffer disadvantage, being exposed to risk factors such as unemployment, family instability, low education levels and poverty. This paper addresses the challenges faced when implementing capacity building programs, and evaluates the evidence for the effectiveness of these approaches in reducing crime.
From the Paper:"Not only does this get the community helping themselves, but also bestows a sense of empowerment on them and makes them feel important and a valued member of society who can make a change in their community; this empowerment may have not been the initial aim of the program but filters through automatically due to the sense of accomplishment an individual feels. Empowerment can be the most important aim in any community development that takes place as it "provides people with the recourses, opportunities, knowledge and skills" to change their own future and to contribute to the entire community."
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