chapter  8
Developmental Crime Prevention
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Developmental crime prevention targets the potential of individuals to become criminal. The basic assumption is that criminal and deviant activity is the result of early life experiences and learning (Tremblay & Craig, 1997). Societal failure to address those factors predisposes individuals, particularly youths, to crime. The focus of developmental prevention is not very different from core criminological theories about crime and deviance. The emphasis is on what causes individuals to commit deviant acts and what can be done about that activity. The major point of divergence is the focus on trying to address the causes early in the process, preferably prior to the initial act.