ERIC Number: ED379387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Prevention or Pork? A Hard-Headed Look at Youth-Oriented Anti-Crime Programs.
Mendel, Richard A.
This report reviews the facts underlying the debate about delinquency in the United States, focusing on evidence of how well various approaches to crime succeed in practice. Do youth programs such as family therapies and recreation initiatives actually make a cost-effective contribution to controlling crime? Research supports a strong foundation for identifying risk factors early in life, allowing programs to target underlying conditions that propel some youth to crime. Research does not suggest that tougher law enforcement and stricter sanctions are likely to reduce crime significantly. A number of youth-oriented prevention strategies have documented impressive results in reducing criminal, delinquent, and predelinquent behavior. Careful evaluation has supported the contributions of early childhood interventions in reducing eventual crime. Several community-wide prevention efforts and recreation programs such as midnight basketball have been demonstrated to be effective. Prevention through youth programs has been shown to work. An appendix contains a graph of effective prevention efforts. (SLD)
Descriptors: Causal Models, Cost Effectiveness, Crime Prevention, Delinquency, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Programs, Federal Aid, Government Role, Law Enforcement, Parent Education, Program Evaluation, Recreational Activities, Rehabilitation Programs, School Safety, Youth Programs
American Youth Policy Forum, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 719, Washington, DC 20036-5541 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.