Crime Prevention

1215 WordsMar 17, 20025 Pages
The truth about crime prevention is more complicated –less utopian than some liberals would like, but far more promising than conservatives will admit. Prevention can work and that it can be far less costly, in every sense, than continuing to rely on incarceration as out first defense against violent crimes. Instead of simply insisting that prevention is better than incarceration, then, we need to pinpoint more clearly what kinds of prevention work—and why some programs work and others do not, the most encouraging efforts share important characteristics; there are reasons why they work, whether the ‘target' population is abusive families, vulnerable teens, or serious juvenile offenders who've already broken the law. Likewise, there are…show more content…
Poor children aged three and four were enrolled in preschool for two and half hours a day. In addition, their teachers visited the children and their mothers at home once a week for about an hour and a half. Most of the children stayed in the program for two years, a few for just one. This program as called the Perry project. It allowed children to explore the meaning of those activates with their teachers. The project was assigned to 123 neighborhoods children and the outcome was widely disseminated. But what makes them particularly striking is that they were achieved with such modest means, and with unusually high-risk children in severally disadvantaged communities. The author then goes on to mention two profound limitations on early intervention as it now practiced in United States: 1. Unlike many other advanced societies, we cannot link our early-intervention programs to national-level health care or family-support systems would allow us to provide services to children and families reliably throughout the course of childhood. The absence of those systems means that our programs for children and families are usually unstable and short term: most, indeed, never get beyond the "pilot program" stage. It also means that the most effective programs must spend a great deal of their time and energy brokering basic support services that ought to be provided routinely through national policies. Above all, it means that most families that could
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