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Waller, a professor of criminology, challenges the conventional practices of law enforcement in reacting to crime. He presents scientific research, demonstrating crime prevention projects that have successfully tackled factors at the root of crime. Yet, despite findings by numerous prestigious commissions from both national and international sources, the current response appears to be increased incarceration and police force, which tends to lead to more incarceration. Waller details those programs that have proven successful in reducing crime by helping at-risk youth to complete school and get job training, preventing family violence, restricting hand guns, and addressing drug abuse through public-health services. Waller also advocates services to support victims and protect their rights. But he emphasises "smarter" policing, which involves better utilisation of available resources. However, the clear challenge is to get responsible officials to see that a more effective deterrent to crime is to address social issues that lead to crime rather than the current reactive practice of increasing penalties and reacting to crime after it occurs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781897453032
ISBN-10: 1897453035
Format: Paperback
(155mm x 230mm x 13mm)
Pages: 152
Imprint: Manor House Publishing Inc
Publisher: Manor House Publishing Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: Canada

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