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Crime Prevention
Programs, Policies, and Practices



April 2020 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In Crime Prevention: Programs, Policies, and Practices, criminologists Steven E. Barkan and Michael Rocque present a well-rounded exploration of evidence-based policies, programs, and practices. Grounded in criminological theory and emphasizing the social, psychological, and biological roots of crime, this text presents current research, perspectives, and examples that capture the key crime prevention concepts students should understand, including the public health model for crime prevention. Highlighting the importance of applying theory to real-world solutions, the authors' discussion of crime prevention strategies integrates theory and practice throughout the text.


 
Part I: Introduction: Why Crime Prevention?
 
Chapter 1: The Crime Problem in the United States
The Amount and Cost of Crime

 
Unaffordable Justice: The Failure of Mass Incarnation

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 2: Public Health and the Study of Crime Prevention
The Public Health Model

 
Studying Crime and Crime PRevention

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 3: Setting the Stage: The Individual Roots of Crime
Psychological Factors: Mental Illness and Personality

 
Cognitive Processes and Motivation: Rational Choice and Deterrence

 
 
Chapter 4: Setting the Stage: The Environmental Roots of Crime
Community and Situational Factors

 
Families, Friends, and Schools

 
Sociodemographic Correlates of Crime

 
The Need for Multi-Faceted Crime Prevention

 
 
Part II: Primary Crime Prevention: Focus on the Social and Physical Environments
 
Chapter 5: Economic and Employment Strategies
Poverty and Crime

 
Employment and Crime

 
Reducing Poverty and Promoting Stable Employment

 
 
Chapter 6: Community and Neighborhood Approaches
Community Risk Factors for Crime

 
Early Community Crime Prevention Approaches

 
Community Crime Prevention and Substance Abuse

 
Difficulties with Community Crime Prevention

 
 
Chapter 7: Situational Crime Prevention
Situational Crime Prevention: Background

 
Theoretical Background: Routine Activities and Rational Choice Theory

 
Situational Crime Prevention: The Basics

 
Situational Crime Prevention: Evidence

 
Situational Crime Prevention: Critiques

 
Preventing Gun Violence

 
 
Part III: Secondary Crime Prevention: Focus on Families, Schools and Peers
 
Chapter 8: Parents, Children, and Families
Parenting Programs and Crime Prevention

 
Early Childhood and Family Programs

 
How do Parent/Family Programs Work?

 
Preventing Family Violence

 
 
Chapter 9: Schools and Crime Prevention
Preventing Crime in the School

 
Crime Prevention Programs in Schools: Developmental Approaches

 
 
Chapter 10: Peers, Gangs and Youth Crime
Peers and Youth Crime

 
Gangs and Crime

 
 
Part IV: Tertiary Crime Prevention: Focus on Criminal Justice
 
Chapter 11: Policing and Crime Prevention
History of Policing

 
Deterrence Theory and Policing

 
What Does Not Work?

 
What Seems to Work?

 
Controversies in Police Crime Prevention

 
 
Chapter 12: Prisons and Crime Prevention
Prisons: A Brief History

 
From We Think It Works, To Nothing Works, To What Works

 
What Works in Prison Corrections

 
Experiences in Prison and Recidivism

 
 
Chapter 13: Community Corrections and Prisoner Reentry
Understanding Probation and Parole

 
Probation and Crime Prevention

 
Parole and Crime Prevention

 
 
Part V: Conclusion: Final Thoughts on Crime Prevention
 
Chapter 14: Epilogue: The Promise and Challenge of Crime Prevention
What Have You Learned?

 
Lessons from Canada and Western Europe

 
The Future of Crime Prevention in the United States

 

This text is a well-rounded exploration of crime prevention theory and programming. I enjoyed reading this book as an instructor and I anticipate students will also enjoy it.

Wendy Perkins
Marshall University
Reviews

Crime Prevention is an excellent compendium of selections by many of the major topics in the discipline.  It covers a variety of theories and practices from traditional ones to up-to-date! . . . Easy-to-follow for everyone even if someone does not have any connection to crime prevention.

Youngjei Lee
University of Colorado
Reviews

 I have colleagues who teach this course as well and I would simply say “It’s Stephen Lab’s book without the unnecessary filler and with up to date research and examples.” That is truly what it is. I would hope that the author would take that as a compliment, because he just surpassed (in my opinion) the hands down best crime prevention text on the market.

Keith Bell
West Liberty University
Review

This crime prevention text thoroughly and evenly offers students crime prevention theory, strategies, and research in a useful, informative manner. . . Strong theory presentation. Strong research support. Balanced in a fair way.


John Hazy
Youngstown State University
Review

The Barkan text is a crime prevention text providing an overview of explanatory research and associated policy in a variety of areas consistently discussed in an undergraduate crime prevention and policy-related text.

Philip McCormack
Fitchburg State University
Review

The Barkan text is a crime prevention text providing an overview of explanatory research and associated policy in a variety of areas consistently discussed in an undergraduate crime prevention and policy-related text.

Philip McCormack
Fitchburg State University
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