Controlling CrimeStrategies and Tradeoffs
Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig, and Justin McCrary
Print publication date: 2013
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Criminal justice expenditures have more than doubled since the 1980s, dramatically increasing costs to the public. With state and local revenue shortfalls resulting from the recent recession, the question of whether crime control can be accomplished either with fewer resources or by investing those resources in areas other than the criminal justice system is all the more relevant. This book considers alternative ways to reduce crime that do not sacrifice public safety. Among the topics considered here are criminal justice system reform, social policy, and government policies affecting alcohol abuse, drugs, and private crime prevention. Particular attention is paid to the respective roles of both the private sector and government agencies. Through a broad conceptual framework and a careful review of the relevant literature, the book provides insight into the important trends and patterns of some of the interventions that may be effective in reducing crime.
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Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig
Philip J. Cook is the ITT/Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and professor of economics and sociology at Duke University, where he is also senior associate dean for faculty and research. He is a research associate of the NBER and a codirector of the NBER Working Group on the Economics of Crime. Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy at the University of Chicago, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, a research associate of the NBER, and a codirector of the NBER Working Group on the Economics of Crime.
We thank Jonathan Caulkins, John Donohue, and two anonymous referees for valuable comments on an earlier draft and Clive Belfield and Henry Levin for their assistance with calculating the social benefits of dropout prevention. Erin Hye-Won Kim and Laura Brinkman prepared the figures. Comments can be addressed to either author, at firstname.lastname@example.org or jludwig@ uchicago.edu. All opinions and any errors are our own. group.)2 Looking to the future, the challenge is to preserve and extend these gains. Crime deserves priority among the litany of social ills, both for the magnitude and the distribution of its costly impact.
I Criminal Justice Reform
Steven N. Durlauf and Daniel S. Nagin
Anne Morrison Piehl and Geoffrey Williams
Harold Pollack, Peter Reuter, and Eric Sevigny
Richard G. Frank and Thomas G. McGuire
II Regulation of Criminal Opportunities and Criminogenic Commodities
John J. Donohue III, Benjamin Ewing, and David Peloquin
Christopher Carpenter and Carlos Dobkin
Philip J. Cook and John MacDonald
III Social Policy
Patrick L. Hill Brent W. Roberts Jeffrey T. Grogger Jonathan Guryan Karen Sixkiller
Sara B. Heller, Brian A. Jacob, and Jens Ludwig