Crime prevention policy and practice is, on the whole, far from objective. Instead of being based on scientific evidence, the crime policy agenda is seemingly driven by political ideology, anecdotal evidence and programme trends. Evidence-Based Crime Prevention seeks to change this by comprehensively and rigorously assessing the existing scientific knowledge on the effectiveness of crime prevention programmes internationally. Reviewing more than 600 scientific evaluations of programmes intended to prevent crime in settings such as families, schools, labour markets and communities, this book grades programmes on their scientific validity using the 'scientific methods scale'. This collection, which brings together contributions from leading researchers in the field of crime prevention, will provide policy-makers, researchers and community leaders with an understandable source of information about what works, what does not work and what is promising in preventing crime.

chapter 1|12 pages

Preventing crime

ByLawrence W. Sherman, David P. Farrington, Brandon C. Welsh, Doris Layton MacKenzie

chapter 2|9 pages

The Maryland Scientific Methods Scale

ByDavid P. Farrington, Denise C. Gottfredson, Lawrence W. Sherman, Brandon C. Welsh

chapter 3|34 pages

Family-based crime prevention

ByDavid P. Farrington, Brandon C. Welsh

chapter 4|109 pages

School-based crime prevention

ByDenise C. Gottfredson, David B. Wilson, Stacy Skroban Najaka

chapter 5|33 pages

Communities and crime prevention

ByBrandon C. Welsh, Akemi Hoshi

chapter 6|43 pages

Labor markets and crime risk factors

ByShawn D. Bushway, Peter Reuter

chapter 7|54 pages

Preventing crime at places

ByJohn E. Eck

chapter 8|35 pages

Policing for crime prevention

ByLawrence W. Sherman, John E. Eck

chapter 9|75 pages

Reducing the criminal activities of known offenders and delinquents

Crime prevention in the courts and corrections
ByDoris Layton MacKenzie

chapter 10|17 pages


What works, what doesn't, what's promising, and future directions
ByBrandon C. Welsh, David P. Farrington