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Crime Prevention through Social Development for Adolescents and Young Adults

By the end of this chapter, you should have a better understanding of the following:

• Factors that put adolescents and young adults at risk of criminality • How these risk factors compare and contrast with those for children • Characteristics of CPSD strategies for adolescents and young adults • Common CPSD strategies for adolescents and young adults • The main institutions through which CPSD interventions are delivered to ado-

lescents and young adults • Proactive, problem-oriented strategies to address youth gangs and violence • Principles and strategies to prevent recidivism by young offenders • Challenges that confront CPSD programs for adolescents and young adults

This chapter discusses the application of CSPD to adolescents (13-17) and young adults (18-25). Young people spanning in age from the midteens to the early twenties are a particularly challenging group as far as preventing and treating criminal and delinquent behavior are concerned. Research and statistics show that these are the crimeand violence-prone years, especially for males. In fact, the field of criminology has expended considerable scholarship exploring adolescence-limited criminality or the age-crime curve, both of which are concerned with the question of why criminal

4.10.2 Diversion from the Criminal Justice System to

Community-Based Alternatives ............................................................ 217 Community Service ..............................................................................218 Restorative Justice...................................................................................219 Specialty (Problem-Solving) Courts ..................................................222